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Q. 1. What is the meaning of the word "abrogation?" It is frequently used when referring to the Code of Canon Law.

A. 1. In ecclesiastical law, such as with reference to the Code of Canon Law, it means the total abolition of a law, right, duty, or privilege. (Etym. Latin abrogare, to repeat a law, abrogate.)

While the Code of Canon Law is rarely revised, when such is done, there may be instances where certain laws are removed from the Code. For example, the revision of the Code of Canon Law in the 80's removed all references to females having to cover their head when in the Church. That law was abrogated, meaning it is no longer mandatory for females to cover their heads.

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