from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Diminution in amount, degree, or intensity; moderation.
- n. The amount lowered; a reduction.
- n. Law The act of eliminating or annulling.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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. A mark of dishonor on an escutcheon.
- n. The entry of a stranger, without right, into a freehold after the death of the last possessor, before the heir or devisee.
from The 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.
- 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.
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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)