- the act or state of abating or the state of being abated; reduction; decrease; alleviation; mitigation.
- suppression or termination: abatement of a nuisance; noise abatement.
- an amount deducted or subtracted, as from the usual price or the full tax.
- a reduction of a tax assessment.
- the termination of a nuisance.
- 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.
- a decrease in the legacies of a will when the assets of an estate are insufficient to pay all general legacies in full.
- Also called rebatement. Heraldry. a charge or mark that, when introduced into a coat of arms, indicates the owner's disgrace.
Origin of abatement
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1. lessening, letup, diminution. 2. end, cessation.
1. intensification, increase.
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Examples from the Web for abatement
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?Journal of a Residence at Bagdad
"Not at all," said Lady Wolfer, with no abatement of her good humor.Nell, of Shorne Mills</p>
Mendel himself led them on with an ardor that knew no abatement.Rabbi and Priest</p>
It did not appear that there was any abatement of the storm in five minutes, nor in a quarter of an hour.Deerbrook
- diminution or alleviation; decrease
- suppression or terminationthe abatement of a nuisance
- the amount by which something is reduced, such as the cost of an article
- 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
- 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
mid-14c., from Old French abatement, from abattre (see abate).
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