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abatement

[uh-beyt-muh nt]
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noun
  1. the act or state of abating or the state of being abated; reduction; decrease; alleviation; mitigation.
  2. suppression or termination: abatement of a nuisance; noise abatement.
  3. an amount deducted or subtracted, as from the usual price or the full tax.
  4. Law.
    1. a reduction of a tax assessment.
    2. the termination of a nuisance.
    3. a wrongful entry on land made by a stranger, after the owner's death and before the owner's heir or devisee has obtained possession.
    4. a decrease in the legacies of a will when the assets of an estate are insufficient to pay all general legacies in full.
  5. Also called rebatement. Heraldry. a charge or mark that, when introduced into a coat of arms, indicates the owner's disgrace.

Origin of abatement

1300–50; Middle English < Middle French; see abate, -ment

Synonyms

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1. lessening, letup, diminution. 2. end, cessation.

Antonyms

1. intensification, increase.
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Examples from the Web for abatement

Historical Examples

  • The graciousness of her manner, however, underwent no abatement.

    The Avenger

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • And yet what security is afforded by a present abatement of the visitation?

  • "Not at all," said Lady Wolfer, with no abatement of her good humor.

    Nell, of Shorne Mills

    Charles Garvice

  • Mendel himself led them on with an ardor that knew no abatement.

    Rabbi and Priest

    Milton Goldsmith

  • It did not appear that there was any abatement of the storm in five minutes, nor in a quarter of an hour.

    Deerbrook

    Harriet Martineau


British Dictionary definitions for abatement

abatement

noun
  1. diminution or alleviation; decrease
  2. suppression or terminationthe abatement of a nuisance
  3. the amount by which something is reduced, such as the cost of an article
  4. property law a decrease in the payment to creditors or legatees when the assets of the debtor or estate are insufficient to meet all payments in full
  5. property law (formerly) a wrongful entry on land by a stranger who takes possession after the death of the owner and before the heir has entered into possession
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Word Origin and History for abatement

n.

mid-14c., from Old French abatement, from abattre (see abate).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper