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[uh-beyt-muh nt] /əˈbeɪt mənt/
the act or state of abating or the state of being abated; reduction; decrease; alleviation; mitigation.
suppression or termination:
abatement of a nuisance; noise abatement.
an amount deducted or subtracted, as from the usual price or the full tax.
  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.
Also called rebatement. Heraldry. a charge or mark that, when introduced into a coat of arms, indicates the owner's disgrace.
Origin of abatement
1300-50; Middle English < Middle French; see abate, -ment
1. lessening, letup, diminution. 2. end, cessation.
1. intensification, increase. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for abatement
  • They were forced to move after the expense of lead abatement proved too much.
  • They offered to paint over it, but lead abatement is a serious project.
  • If your mother is over 65, she may qualify for a homestead exemption and/or a tax abatement.
  • He is a conservationist, and is doing research in noise abatement.
  • For most other shareholders, the abatement and the assessment end up being about equal.
  • The developer is asking that the city provide an $8 million property tax abatement over 10 years.
  • Possible issue areas include micro-finance, poverty, or conflict abatement.
  • The house may also qualify for tax abatement, which means that all real-estate taxes are rolled back.
  • Instead of approving abatement projects one at a time, this would allow similar projects to be grouped together for approval.
  • He is interested in a tax abatement law which would provide incentives for owners to improve property in slum areas.
British Dictionary definitions for abatement


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
(property law) 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
(property law) (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
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Word Origin and History for abatement

mid-14c., from Old French abatement, from abattre (see abate).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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