What does abatement mean?

Definitions for abatement
əˈbeɪt məntabate·ment

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. suspension, respite, reprieve, hiatus, abatementnoun

    an interruption in the intensity or amount of something

  2. abatementnoun

    the act of abating

    "laws enforcing noise abatement"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Abatementnoun

    Etymology: abatement, Fr.

    The law of works then, in short, is that law, which requires perfect obedience, without remission or abatement; so that, by that law, a man cannot be just, or justified, without an exact performance of every tittle. John Locke.

    Coffee has, in common with all nuts, an oil strongly combined and entangled with earthy particles. The most noxious part of oil exhales in roasting to the abatement of near one quarter of its weight. John Arbuthnot, on aliments.

    Xenophon tells us, that the city contained about ten thousand houses, and allowing one man to every house, who could have any share in the government, (the rest, consisting of women, children and servants) and making other obvious abatements, these tyrants, if they had been careful to adhere together, might have been a majority even of the people collective. Jonathan Swift, on the contests in Athens and Rome.

    As our advantages towards practising and promoting piety and virtue were greater than those of other men; so will our excuse be less, if we neglect to make use of them. We cannot plead in abatement of our guilt, that we were ignorant of our duty, under the prepossession of ill habits, and the biass of a wrong education. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.


  1. abatement

    Abatement refers to a reduction or decrease in amount, degree or intensity. It is often used in legal and financial contexts, indicating a decrease in taxes or other expenses. In environmental context, it refers to reducing severity of pollution or hazardous waste.

  2. abatement

    Abatement is the reduction, decrease, elimination or lessening in severity of something, often related to taxes, nuisances, or legal constraints. It can also refer to actions taken to reduce pollution or other environmental harm.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abatementnoun

    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. Abatementnoun

    the amount abated; that which is taken away by way of reduction; deduction; decrease; a rebate or discount allowed

  3. Abatementnoun

    a mark of dishonor on an escutcheon

  4. Abatementnoun

    the entry of a stranger, without right, into a freehold after the death of the last possessor, before the heir or devisee

  5. Etymology: [OF. abatement, F. abattement.]


  1. Abatement

    An abatement is a modification of a coat of arms, representing a less-than honorable augmentation, imposed by an heraldic authority or by royal decree for misconduct. The practice of inverting the entire escutcheon of an armiger found guilty of high treason has been attested since the Middle Ages and is generally accepted as reliable, and medieval heraldic sources cite at least one instance of removing an honourable charge from a coat of arms by royal decree as an abatement of honour. Other abatements of honour implied by the addition of dishonourable stainand charges, appearing in late 16th century texts, have never been reliably attested in actual practice. Additionally, as many heraldic writers note, the use of arms is not compulsory, so armigers are more likely to relinquish a dishonored coat of arms than to advertise their dishonor.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Abatement

    a mark of disgrace in a coat of arms.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. abatement

    A plea by which a reduction of freight is demanded, when unforeseen causes have delayed or hindered the performance of a stipulated charter-party.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. abatement

    In heraldry, is a mark placed over a portion of the paternal coat of arms, indicating some base or ungentlemanly act on the part of the bearer.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of abatement in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of abatement in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of abatement in a Sentence

  1. Joe Conlon:

    Down in Central and South America, they’re using these thermal foggers— that can work and knock down the mosquito, but in the U.S, they’re not going to allow federal and state folks to allow them into their homes to do that, it’s not something that mosquito abatement will do, but public pressure may make them do that. People might demand something like that of their own volition.

  2. The SPU Register:

    There has been an increase in graffiti reportssince the beginning of the [COVID-19] pandemic, sPU speaks on behalf of the city's municipal code and graffiti abatement efforts, which are supported by the mayor’s office.

  3. Ocean City:

    When East Coast Falcons professionals fly the raptors overhead, gulls know instinctively to leave an unsafe place, professional falconry-based bird abatement is a humane, effective solution for removing nuisance birds.

  4. Jason Kaplan:

    The hope is that there's going to be some sort of rent abatement or some sort of deferment, everybody is pretty much in the same boat flipping a coin and hoping for the best. That's basically all we can do.

  5. Scott Kelly:

    If you're going to Mars in a smaller vehicle than the space station and living practically on top of one another, having that space that (the astronauts) spend so much time in is very, very important, you have to make it as perfect as you can, including the environment, air temperature, interfacing with the system, communication, entertainment and noise abatement because you're sleeping, living, exercising and eating right next to each other.

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    a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of deliberate disrespect
    • A. affront
    • B. denudate
    • C. emanate
    • D. render

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