- diminution or alleviation; decrease
- suppression or termination: the abatement of a nuisance
- the amount by which something is reduced, such as the cost of an article
- a decrease in the payment to creditors or legatees when the assets of the debtor or estate are insufficient to meet all payments in full
- (formerly) a wrongful entry on land by a stranger who takes possession after the death of the owner and before the heir has entered into possession
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
a•bate•ment (ə bāt′mənt),USA pronunciation n.
- the act or state of abating or the state of being abated;
- suppression or termination:abatement of a nuisance; noise abatement.
- Businessan amount deducted or subtracted, as from the usual price or the full tax.
- a reduction of a tax assessment.
- the termination of a nuisance.
- 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.
- a decrease in the legacies of a will when the assets of an estate are insufficient to pay all general legacies in full.
- HeraldryAlso called rebatement. a charge or mark that, when introduced into a coat of arms, indicates the owner's disgrace.
- Middle French; see abate, -ment
- Middle English 1300–50
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged . lessening, letup, diminution.
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged . end, cessation.
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged . intensification, increase.
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aˈbatement /əˈbeɪtmənt/ n
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