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Definition of "abatement" []

  • Diminution in amount, degree, or intensity; moderation. (noun)
  • The amount lowered; a reduction. (noun)
  • Law The act of eliminating or annulling. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "abatement" in a sentence
  • "The centers are a lost cause, and pre-fire prevention and abatement is obviously the most bang for the buck."
  • "For this particular story, we'll say the abatement is contained within the community (rather than a new, out-of-state biz, which is good locally and bad elsewhere)."
  • "By the rude poets of the age, John of Brienne is compared to Hector, Roland, and Judas Machabaeus: 43 but their credit, and his glory, receive some abatement from the silence of the Greeks."