American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Diminution in amount, degree, or intensity; moderation.
- n. The amount lowered; a reduction.
- n. Law The act of eliminating or annulling.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of abating, or the state of being abated; diminution, decrease, reduction, or mitigation: as, abatement of grief or pain.
- n. The amount, quantity, or sum by which anything is abated or reduced; deduction; decrease. Specifically, a discount allowed for the prompt payment of a debt, for damage, for overcharge, or for any similar reason; rebate.
- n. In heraldry, a mark annexed to coat-armor, in order to denote some dishonorable act of the person bearing the coat of arms, or his illegitimate descent. Nine marks for the former purpose are mentioned by heralds, but no instance of their actual use is on record. The bendlet or baton sinister (which see), a mark of illegitimacy, is of the nature of an abatement; but the paternal shield, although charged with the baton sinister, would generally be the most honorable bearing within reach of the illegitimate son. Abatements generally must be regarded as false heraldry, and are very modern in their origin. The word is also used to denote the turning upside down of the whole shield, which was common in the degrading of a knight. Also called
- n. In law: Removal or destruction, as of a nuisance.
- n. Failure; premature end; suspension or diminution, as of an action or of a legacy. See abate.
- n. The act of intruding on a freehold vacated by the death of its former owner, and not yet entered on by the heir or devisee.
- n. In revenue law:
- n. A deduction from or refunding of duties on goods damaged during importation or in store.
- n. A deduction from the amount of a tax. The mode of abatement is prescribed by statute.
- n. In carpentry, the waste of a piece of stuff caused by working it into shape.
- n. Rebate, allowance, deduction, discount, mitigation.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of abating, or the state of being abated; a lessening, diminution, or reduction; removal or putting an end to.
- n. The amount abated; that which is taken away by way of reduction; deduction; decrease; a rebate or discount allowed.
- n. (Her.) A mark of dishonor on an escutcheon.
- n. (Law) The entry of a stranger, without right, into a freehold after the death of the last possessor, before the heir or devisee.
- n. the act of abating
- n. an interruption in the intensity or amount of something
- From Middle French abatement, from Old French abatre. Equivalent to abate (“to beat down”) + -ment (“the result of”). (Wiktionary)
“The centers are a lost cause, and pre-fire prevention and abatement is obviously the most bang for the buck.”
“For this particular story, we'll say the abatement is contained within the community (rather than a new, out-of-state biz, which is good locally and bad elsewhere).”
“By the rude poets of the age, John of Brienne is compared to Hector, Roland, and Judas Machabaeus: 43 but their credit, and his glory, receive some abatement from the silence of the Greeks.”
“With taxes, you know what carbon abatement is going to cost (which industry usually likes, see comment #2 above), but the actual amount of carbon abatement is uncertain (which environmentalists don’t like).”
“Either way, the result -- in theory -- will be cost-effective pollution abatement, that is, overall abatement achieved at minimum aggregate cost.”
“The abatement was a big part of the appeal -- he pays about $125 in annual property taxes for a condo he bought for $490,000.”
“A third alternative is a plea of abatement, which is a plea praying that the indictment may be quashed, for some defect which the plea points out.”
“Bevel's attorney is seeking what's known as an abatement.”
“After the accession of newer and poorer eastern European countries to the EU in 2004, the pressure on resources to boost economic development and subsidise farming led to renewed calls on Britain to give up what is officially termed the "abatement".”
“Attorney David Raybin filed a motion Monday morning to vacate the conviction and sentence, and to dismiss the case in a process known as abatement, which allows a conviction to be eliminated when a defendant dies before an appeal is complete.”
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