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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of abridging or the state of being abridged.
  • n. A written text that has been abridged.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • n. a shortened version of a written work

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