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.
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How to use abatement in a sentence
City data shows the number of postings and so-called abatements have decreased in recent months as the number of camps downtown has grown.Downtown Homelessness Is ‘Nearing the Crisis Level’ | Lisa Halverstadt | June 19, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
So-called abatement operations where homeless San Diegans are required to move to allow for cleaning dramatically ramped up on former Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s watch.Gloria Hopes Changes Inject Compassion Into Homeless Camp Clean-Ups | Lisa Halverstadt | March 29, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
“The future does appear daunting, with the situation showing no signs of abatement.”The ‘world’s best airport’ issues a new forecast about travel in the COVID era | eamonbarrett | October 5, 2020 | Fortune
So there’s subleasing, there’s rent abatement, they can utilize security deposits applied towards rent.The Power Landlords Have Over Restaurants Right Now | Ellie Krupnick | October 1, 2020 | Eater
Nevertheless, Kitchell goes on to recommend a massively expensive abatement project that is not based on a thorough inspection of building conditions, or a complete analysis of available documents.Flaws and Assumptions Render 101 Ash St. Assessment Meaningless | Sandor Shapery | September 10, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
He was hired by a local NGO working on poverty abatement issues.
Environmental lead abatement does a better job of explaining the crime decrease than almost any other variable.Eric Holder’s Decision to Back Away From Mandatory Drug Sentences Is a Positive Step | Jamelle Bouie | August 12, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Yet after every abatement has been made, they showed a strength of popular attachment to the Church which is very noteworthy.The English Church in the Eighteenth Century | Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
The distress from his head continued for some time with little abatement, and naturally much affected his tone of mind.The Life of Nelson, Vol. I (of 2) | A. T. (Alfred Thayer) Mahan
If so, that is another difficulty in the way of making abatement in our demand, without their consent.
Here it may well be thought that the supernatural gift only took its appropriate abatement.The Science of Fairy Tales | Edwin Sidney Hartland
Nor will the close of the reconstruction period witness an abatement of this demand.Opportunities in Engineering | Charles M. Horton
British Dictionary definitions for abatement
diminution or alleviation; decrease
suppression or termination: the 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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