Definitions of abridgment

  1. That which abridges or cuts short; hence, an entertainment that makes the time pass quickly. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. A shortened form of a book. Etc. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. Contraction: summary. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. A contraction; epitome. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. The act of abridging; the state of being abridged; an epitome or abstract. abridgement. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. An epitome or a compend of a book; diminution of any kind; contraction. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

Usage examples for abridgment

  1. In doing this we have endeavored to direct attention to the exclusive and munificent grants made to railroad companies, and to their abuse of these grants; to the means used by them to get control of the legislative and judicial departments of the government, and their apparent success in that direction; to the abridgment of the rights of the people incident thereto; to the dishonest and fraudulent practices of the men constructing, owning, and operating railroads; to the disgraceful Credit Mobilier swindle, and its influence upon the country; to the questionable position of some of the men representing the people in congress; to the destruction of the rights of the states and of the people; to the disregard of the constitutional restrictions and safeguards when the interests of these corporations were to be subserved; the purposes for which taxes should be levied; to the nature of railroad corporations- that they are private in their organization, and subject to the control of the people; to the effect of the policy of affording local aid to railroad companies by taxation, etc. – Monopolies and the People by D. C. Cloud
  2. Both attorneys and laymen read " The Pastyme of People" written by John Rastell in 1529, which described the history of the Magna Carta from 1215 to 1225. Also read was the " Great Abridgment of the English law written by Rastell in 1527, and Coke's volume of his Institutes which dealt with the Magna Carta, which the Crown took to prevent being published until 1642, when Parliament allowed it. – Our Legal Heritage, 4th Ed. by S. A. Reilly