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Meaning of ABATEMENT

Pronunciation:  u'beytmunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of abating; "laws enforcing noise abatement"
  2. [n]  an interruption in the intensity or amount of something

ABATEMENT is a 9 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: hiatus, reprieve, respite, suspension
 See Also: abatement of a nuisance, break, defervescence, interruption, moderation, nuisance abatement, remission, remittal, subsidence



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\A*bate"ment\ (-ment), n. [OF. abatement, F.
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

2. The amount abated; that which is taken away by way of
   reduction; deduction; decrease; a rebate or discount

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.

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