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abridgment

or a·bridge·ment

[ uh-brij-muhnt ]
/ əˈbrɪdʒ mənt /
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noun
a shortened or condensed form of a book, speech, etc., that still retains the basic contents: an abridgment of Tolstoy's War and Peace.
the act or process of abridging.
the state of being abridged.
reduction or curtailment: abridgment of civil rights.
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Origin of abridgment

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English abreg(g)ement, abrygement, from Middle French abregement; see abridge, -ment

OTHER WORDS FROM abridgment

non·a·bridg·ment, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for abridgment

abridgment

abridgement

/ (əˈbrɪdʒmənt) /

noun
a shortened version of a written work
the act of abridging or state of being abridged
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