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- The act of abating, or the state of being abated; a lessening, diminution, or reduction; a moderation; removal or putting an end to; the suppression. [First attested from 1340 to 1470.]
- The abatement of a nuisance is the suppression thereof.
- (accounting) The deduction of minor revenues incidental to an operation in calculating the cost of the operation.
- (law) The action of a person that abates, or without proper authority enters a residence after the death of the owner and before the heir takes possession.
- (law) The reduction of the proceeds of a will, when the debts have not yet been satisfied; the reduction of taxes due.[First attested around 1150 to 1350.]
- An amount abated; that which is taken away by way of reduction; deduction; decrease; a rebate or discount allowed; in particular from a tax. [Late 15th century.]
- (heraldry) A mark of dishonor on an escutcheon; any figure added to the coat of arms tending to lower the dignity or station of the bearer. [Early 17th century.]
- (Scotland) Waste of stuff in preparing to size. 
- A beating down, a putting down.
- A quashing, a judicial defeat, the rendering abortive by law.
- Forcible entry of a stranger into an inheritance when the person seised of it dies, and before the heir or devisee can take possession; ouster.
- rebatement, real or imaginary marks of disgrace affixed to an escutcheon.
- (lessening): assuagement, declension, decline, decrease, deduction, depreciation, diminution, discount, drawback, ebb, evanishment, fading, lessening, lowering, mitigation, moderation, reduction, remission, settling, sinking, subsidence, waning. See also Thesaurus:diminution
- (in tax): allowance, rebate, remission
- (lessening): accession, accretion, aggrandizement, augmentation, development, dilation, enlargement, growth, increase, increment,
the act of abating or the state of being abated
(law) The action of a person that abates
(law) The reduction of the proceeds of a will
An amount abated
(Scotland) Waste of stuff in preparing to size
- Elliott K. Dobbie, C. William Dunmore, Robert K. Barnhart, et al. (editors), Chambers Dictionary of Etymology (Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd, 2004 , →ISBN), page 2
- Philip Babcock Gove (editor), Webster's Third International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged (G. & C. Merriam Co., 1976 , →ISBN)
- Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors (2002), “abatement”, in The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 2.
- ^ Laurence Urdang (editor), The Random House College Dictionary (Random House, 1984 , →ISBN), page 1
- ^ “abatement, n.” in the Dictionary of the Scots Language, Edinburgh: Scottish Language Dictionaries.