abatements

abatement

[uh-beyt-muhnt]
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.
a.
a reduction of a tax assessment.
b.
the termination of a nuisance.
c.
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.
d.
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.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English < Middle French; see abate, -ment


1. lessening, letup, diminution. 2. end, cessation.


1. intensification, increase.
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abatement (əˈbeɪtmənt)
 
n
1.  diminution or alleviation; decrease
2.  suppression or termination: the abatement of a nuisance
3.  the amount by which something is reduced, such as the cost of an article
4.  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
5.  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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abatement
1510s, from O.Fr. abatement, from abattre (see abate)
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