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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of abridging or the state of being abridged.
  • noun An abridged written text.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of abridging, or the state of being abridged; diminution; contraction; reduction; curtailment; restriction: as, an abridgment of expenses; “abridgment of liberty,”
  • noun A condensation, as of a book; a reduction within a smaller space; a reproduction of anything in reduced or condensed form.
  • noun That which abridges or cuts short.
  • noun That which shortens anything, as time, or makes it appear short; hence, a pastime.
  • noun Also spelled abridgement.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of abridging, or the state of being abridged; diminution; lessening; reduction or deprivation.
  • noun An epitome or compend, as of a book; a shortened or abridged form, esp. of a written work; an abbreviation.
  • noun obsolete That which abridges or cuts short; hence, an entertainment that makes the time pass quickly.
  • noun a diminution or curtailment, as of legal rights.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun obsolete That which abridges or cuts short; hence, an entertainment that makes the time pass quickly
  • noun dated, law Any of various brief statments of case law made before modern reporting of legal cases.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a shortened version of a written work

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