abatable

abate

[uh-beyt]
verb (used with object), abated, abating.
1.
to reduce in amount, degree, intensity, etc.; lessen; diminish: to abate a tax; to abate one's enthusiasm.
2.
Law.
a.
to put an end to or suppress (a nuisance).
b.
to suspend or extinguish (an action).
c.
to annul (a writ).
3.
to deduct or subtract: to abate part of the cost.
4.
to omit: to abate all mention of names.
5.
to remove, as in stone carving, or hammer down, as in metalwork, (a portion of a surface) in order to produce a figure or pattern in low relief.
verb (used without object), abated, abating.
6.
to diminish in intensity, violence, amount, etc.: The storm has abated. The pain in his shoulder finally abated.
7.
Law. to end; become null and void.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English < Middle French abatre to beat down, equivalent to a- a-5 + batre < Late Latin batere for Latin battuere to beat; a- perhaps also understood as a-3

abatable, adjective
abater; Law. abator, noun
unabatable, adjective
unabating, adjective
unabatingly, adverb


1. decrease, weaken. 6. subside.


1, 6. increase, intensify.
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abate (əˈbeɪt)
 
vb
1.  to make or become less in amount, intensity, degree, etc: the storm has abated
2.  (tr) law
 a.  to remove, suppress, or terminate (a nuisance)
 b.  to suspend or extinguish (a claim or action)
 c.  to annul (a writ)
3.  (intr) law (of a writ, legal action, etc) to become null and void
4.  (tr) to subtract or deduct, as part of a price
 
[C14: from Old French abatre to beat down, fell]

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abate
late 13c., from O.Fr. abattre "beat down, cast down," from L. ad "to" + battuere "to beat" (see batter (v.)). Secondary sense of "to fell, slaughter" is in abatis and abattoir.
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