Definitions

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  • v. To reduce by deducting a part, especially when used in a financial sense.
  • v. To cut off, to deduct, to subtract (especially expenses or a sum of money).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To lop off; to abate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To defalcate; subtract; deduct.

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Examples

  • Westminster, about paying him a sum of 700 and odd pounds, and he bids me defalk L25 for myself, -- [Abate from an amount.] -- which is a very good thing; having done with the Duke I to the Exchequer and there after much ado do get my business quite over of the difficulty of breaking a great tally into little ones and so shall have it done tomorrow.

    Diary of Samuel Pepys — Volume 43: May/June 1666

  • Thence by coach to St. James's as usual to wait on the Duke of York, after having discoursed with Collonell Fitzgerald, whom I met in my way and he returned with me to Westminster, about paying him a sum of 700 and odd pounds, and he bids me defalk L25 for myself, -- [Abate from an amount.] -- which is a very good thing; having done with the Duke I to the

    Diary of Samuel Pepys — Complete

  • Collonell Fitzgerald, whom I met in my way and he returned with me to Westminster, about paying him a sum of 700 and odd pounds, and he bids me defalk 25

    Pepys' Diary

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