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The Definition of - abatement (noun)

    noun
    1.
    the act or state of abating or the state of being abated; reduction; decrease; alleviation; mitigation.
    2.
    suppression or termination:
    abatement of a nuisance; noise abatement.
    3.
    an amount deducted or subtracted, as from the usual price or the full tax.
    4.
    Law.
    1. a reduction of a tax assessment.
    2. the termination of a nuisance.
    3. 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.
    4. a decrease in the legacies of a will when the assets of an estate are insufficient to pay all general legacies in full.
    5.
    Also called rebatement. Heraldry. a charge or mark that, when introduced into a coat of arms, indicates the owner's disgrace.

Word Example of - abatement

    Example Sentences for abatement

    When the Bezoar and the Grandduke's oil failed to produce any abatement in the symptoms, the parish priest was sent for!

    The graciousness of her manner, however, underwent no abatement.

    I don't know who is; and I have no hope of getting any abatement.

    And yet what security is afforded by a present abatement of the visitation?

    Will demanded, his anger gaining ground in proportion to the abatement of his fears.

    "Not at all," said Lady Wolfer, with no abatement of her good humor.

    One of his earliest acts was to advise Mr. Brooke to grant an abatement of 25 per cent.

    Mendel himself led them on with an ardor that knew no abatement.

    Its abatement will be a work not of deliberation and design, but of defection through disuse.

    The gale showed no signs of abatement, while the sea had continued to increase.

Word Origin & History of - abatement

    Word Origin & History

    abatement 1510s, from O.Fr. abatement, from abattre (see abate)