elimination vs riddance what difference

what is difference between elimination and riddance



  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən


elimination (countable and uncountable, plural eliminations)

  1. The act of eliminating, expelling or throwing off.
  2. The act of excluding a losing contestant from a match, tournament, or other competition.
  3. (television) The act of voting off or throwing off a contestant in a reality television competition.
  4. (biology) The act of discharging or excreting waste products or foreign substances through the various emunctories.
  5. (mathematics) The act of causing a quantity to disappear from an equation; especially, in the operation of deducing from several equations containing several unknown quantities a less number of equations containing a less number of unknown quantities.
  6. (logic) The act of obtaining by separation, or as the result of eliminating; deduction.
  7. (accounting) The act of recording amounts in a consolidation statement to remove the effects of inter-company transactions.

Related terms

  • eliminable
  • eliminant
  • eliminate
  • eliminative
  • eliminator
  • eliminatory





riddance (countable and uncountable, plural riddances)

  1. The act of being rid of something; deliverance
    • 1596-97, William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act II Scene 7
      A gentle riddance. Draw the curtains, go.
      Let all of his complexion choose me so.
    • 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. 230c.
      And this kind of riddance is the most pleasant to listen to of all,
  2. The earth thrown up by a burrowing animal.

Derived terms

  • good riddance
  • good riddance to bad rubbish


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