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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for abatement
Historical Examples
  • The graciousness of her manner, however, underwent no abatement.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • And yet what security is afforded by a present abatement of the visitation?

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

    Nell, of Shorne Mills

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

    Rabbi and Priest

    Milton Goldsmith
  • It did not appear that there was any abatement of the storm in five minutes, nor in a quarter of an hour.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • "Man," she answered, "I jest not; there is no abatement," and she replaced the pearls in her garments.

    Morning Star H. Rider Haggard
  • Yet this was but a change, not an abatement, in the activity of his mind.

  • Hour after hour passed by, and still there was no abatement of the storm.

    Archibald Hughson W.H.G. Kingston
  • The gale showed no signs of abatement, while the sea had continued to increase.

    The Three Admirals W.H.G. Kingston
  • The next morning produced no abatement in these happy symptoms.

    Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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