abatement: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (u-bāt'munt), [key]
— n.
  1. the act or state of abating or the state of being abated; reduction; decrease; alleviation; mitigation.
  2. suppression or termination: abatement of a nuisance; noise abatement.
  3. an amount deducted or subtracted, as from the usual price or the full tax.
    1. a reduction of a tax assessment.
    2. the termination of a nuisance.
    3. a wrongful entry on land made by a stranger, after the owner's death and before the owner's heir or devisee has obtained possession.
    4. a decrease in the legacies of a will when the assets of an estate are insufficient to pay all general legacies in full.
  4. Also calleda charge or mark that, when introduced into a coat of arms, indicates the owner's disgrace.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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