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abatement


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Abatement  \A*bate"ment\  (-ment),  n.  [OF.  abatement,  F. 
  abattement.] 
  1.  The  act  of  abating,  or  the  state  of  being  abated;  a 
  lessening,  diminution,  or  reduction;  removal  or  putting  an 
  end  to  as  the  abatement  of  a  nuisance  is  the  suppression 
  thereof. 
 
  2.  The  amount  abated;  that  which  is  taken  away  by  way  of 
  reduction;  deduction;  decrease;  a  rebate  or  discount 
  allowed. 
 
  3.  (Her.)  A  mark  of  dishonor  on  an  escutcheon. 
 
  4.  (Law)  The  entry  of  a  stranger,  without  right  into  a 
  freehold  after  the  death  of  the  last  possessor,  before  the 
  heir  or  devisee.  --Blackstone. 
 
  {Defense  in  abatement},  {Plea  in  abatement},  (Law),  plea  to 
  the  effect  that  from  some  formal  defect  (e.g.  misnomer, 
  want  of  jurisdiction)  the  proceedings  should  be  abated. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  abatement 
  n  1:  an  interruption  in  the  intensity  or  amount  of  something 
  [syn:  {suspension},  {respite},  {reprieve},  {hiatus}] 
  2:  the  act  of  abating;  "laws  enforcing  noise  abatement" 




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