or a·bridge·ment



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.

Origin of abridgment

1400–50; late Middle English abreg(g)ement, abrygement < Middle French abregement. See abridge, -ment
Related formsnon·a·bridg·ment, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for abridgment




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