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Abatement meaning

abatement - 6 dictionary results

  1. 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 thereof.
  2. 2. The amount abated; that which is taken away by way of reduction; deduction; decrease; a rebate or discount allowed.
  3. 3. A mark of dishonor on an escutcheon.
  4. 4. The entry of a stranger, without right, into a freehold after the death of the last possessor, before the heir or devisee.
  5. 5. A reduction. After a death, abatement occurs if the deceased person didn't leave enough property to fulfill all the bequests made in the will and meet other expenses. Gifts left in the will are cut back in order to pay taxes, satisfy debts or take care of other gifts that are given priority under law or by the will itself.
  6. 6. A decrease; a lessening; a deduction.

abatement - examples of usage

  1. It is tolerably certain that the curer receives an abatement or discount from the merchant's prices of the meal, goods, ropes, nets, or other things which the fishermen procure on his guarantee. - "Second Shetland Truck System Report", William Guthrie.
  2. If the poisoning symptoms show no abatement by that time, a second injection of the same strength should be made promptly, and unless after it a decided improvement is perceptible, a third one after the same interval. - "On Snake-Poison: its Action and its Antidote", A. Mueller.
  3. Two or three times as she drove home through the warm odors of the harvest noon her anxiety was invaded by the recollection of this man, to whose promptness and decision her own vigorous nature responded with a strong sense of liking; and this liking did not suffer any abatement when he came into her father's sick- room with the doctor, and the invalid looked at the stranger, and then at her, with a faint, troubled smile. - "Stories of the Foot-hills", Margaret Collier Graham.
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