Definition - What does Abdicate mean?
The term abdicate means to renounce or disown. In a broader sense, abdicate means to let go or renounce someone from their duties. This especially means removing someone from a supreme state office. Abdicate is different from resignation.
Justipedia explains Abdicate
In Roman law, the term abdicate also means to disown someone from a family, for example disinheriting a son. In the modern world, this term is commonly associated with monarch or those who have been crowned.