Abdica'tion. n.s. [abdicatio, Lat.] The act of abdicating; resignation; quitting an office by one's own proper act before the usual or stated expiration.
Neither doth it appear how a prince's abdication can make any other sort of vacancy in the throne, than would be caused by his death; since he cannot abdicate for his children, otherwise than by his own consent in form to a bill from the two houses. Swift on the Sentiments of a Church of England man.