- 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.
Origin of abatement
Examples from the Web for abatement
The stress of the last few minutes could not be suffered to beget any abatement of wariness.The Man Who Was Good|Leonard Merrick
Everyone allows that he saved more cases than anyone, though he says it was the abatement of the disease.Magnum Bonum|Charlotte M. Yonge
The morrow produced no abatement of Mrs. Bennet's ill-humour or ill health.Pride and Prejudice|Jane Austen
But Columbus was as inexorable as the Sibyl with her books, and would hear of no abatement in his price.The Discovery of America Vol. 1 (of 2)|John Fiske.
Daylight came with the Gullys victors, but brought with it no abatement of the storm.The Land of Lure|Elliott Smith
mid-14c., from Old French abatement, from abattre (see abate).