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Definition of the noun abatement

What does abatement mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: abatements

  1. an interruption in the intensity or amount of something
  2. the act of abating
    • example: laws enforcing noise abatement
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: mitigation / moderation = the action of lessening in severity or intensity
    • more specific terms: abatement of a nuisance / nuisance abatement = the removal or termination or destruction of something that has been found to be a nuisance

Alternative definition of the noun abatement


  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. The amount abated; that which is taken away by way of reduction; deduction; decrease; a rebate or discount allowed.
  3. [heraldry] A mark of dishonor on an escutcheon; any figure added to the coat of arms tending to lower the dignity or station of the bearer.
  4. [legal] The entry of a stranger, without right, into a freehold after the death of the last possessor, before the heir or devisee.


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.

Phrases with Abatement

  1. abatement of a nuisance
  2. Plea in Abatement
  3. asbestos abatement
  4. nuisance abatement
  5. Defense in Abatement

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Abatement

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Google previewGuidelines for the Evaluation and Control of Lead-Based Paint Hazards in Housing (1996)

by David E. Jacobs

Abatement is the removal of either the building component or the paint itself or the near- permanent enclosure of lead-based paint hazards. From a public health perspective, properly conducted abatement is the desired response to lead hazards.

Google previewCommentaries on the Laws of England

Book III: On Private Wrongs by Sir William Blackstone

The second signification of abatement is that of abating a writor action, of which we shall say more hereafter; ...

Google previewThe Hedaya, Or Guide (1870)

A Commentary on the Mussulman Laws by ʻAlī ibn Abī Bakr Marghīnānī

remains after deducting the abatement is the price ; whereas an entire remission has no connexion with the original bargain.

Google previewIntroduction to Noise-Resilient Computing (2013)

by Svetlana N. Yanushkevich, Seiya Kasai, Golam Tangim, A.H. Tran

Noise abatement is the key problem of small-scaled circuit design.

Google previewYour Ohio Wills, Trusts, & Estates Explained Simply (2010)

Important Information You Need to Know for Ohio Residents by Linda C. Ashar

is is called abatement of legacy. In Ohio, if your estate is not sucient to satisfy both the debts and your ...

Google previewThe Physical Chemistry of Materials (2016)

Energy and Environmental Applications by Rolando M.A. Roque-Malherbe

Materials science for sustainable energy and pollution abatement is the scientific endeavor that provides these new materials in order maintain the development of a sustainable society. The first steps in the development of a new material are ...

Google previewAmerican Edition of the British Encyclopedia (1818)

Or Dictionary of Arts and Sciences. Comprising an Accurate and Popular View of the Present Improved State of Human Knowledge by William Nicholson

An abatement is a casual mark annexed to coat armour, which announces some dishonourable act of the bearer. Abatements consist of diminution and reversing, the first is the blemishing of some particular point of the escocheon by sanguine ...

Google previewThe national encyclopædia. Libr. ed (1879)

by National cyclopaedia

ABATEMENT is a word derived from the old French word abater, which signified to beat down, prostrate, or destroy.

Google previewBouvier's Law Dictionary and Concise Encyclopedia (1914)

by John Bouvier, Francis Rawle

Abatement. The general pecuniary legacies are subject to abatement whenever the assets are insufficient to answer Oie debts and specific legacies. The abatement ...

Google previewA Compendious and Comprehensive Law Dictionary (1816)

Elucidating the Terms, and General Principles of Law and Equity by Thomas Walter Williams

Manner of pleading in abatement.'] The defendant cannot plead two outlawries or two excr. tmnnnications ...

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Rather than an abatement of her viciousness, a witch gives birth to only female children and witchcraft multiplies.
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Scrabble value of A1B3A1T1E1M3E1N1T1

The value of this 9-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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