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From Medieval Latin abbreviatura, from Late Latin abbrevio (to shorten). See also abbreviate.



abbreviature (plural abbreviatures)

  1. An abridgment; a compendium; an abstract. [since the late 16th century][1]
    • (Can we date this quote?), Jeremy Taylor:
      This is an excellent abbreviature of the whole duty of a Christian.
  2. (obsolete) An abbreviated state or form. [only during the early to mid 17th century][1]
  3. A shortened form of a word or phrase, used in place of the whole; an abbreviation. [since the mid 17th century][1]
  4. (obsolete) The process of abbreviating. [only during the early to late 17th century][1]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 3