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Definitions of abatement

  1. the act of abating; "laws enforcing noise abatement" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. The act of abating, or the state of being abated; a lessening, diminution, or reduction; removal or putting an end to; as, the abatement of a nuisance is the suppression thereof. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. The amount abated; that which is taken away by way of reduction; deduction; decrease; a rebate or discount allowed. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. A mark of dishonor on an escutcheon. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. The entry of a stranger, without right, into a freehold after the death of the last possessor, before the heir or devisee. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. A reduction. After a death, abatement occurs if the deceased person didn't leave enough property to fulfill all the bequests made in the will and meet other expenses. Gifts left in the will are cut back in order to pay taxes, satisfy debts or take care of other gifts that are given priority under law or by the will itself.
  7. The act of abating: the sum or quantity abated: (her.) a mark of dishonor on a coat-of-arms. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. A decrease; a lessening; a deduction. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. The act of abating, or the amount abated. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. The act of abating; sum deducted from an account. A mark of dishonour in a coat of arms. Overthrow or defeat, as of a writ. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  11. A reduction; a lessening; the sum abated. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for abatement

  1. The clouds above broke somewhat towards morning, but there was no sign of abatement in the tempest. – The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle
  2. And the Dyaks were hardly likely to permit an abatement of the smoke while it brought no discomfort to themselves. – As It Was in the Beginning by Philip Verrill Mighels
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