Associations to the word «Abatement»


ABATEMENT, noun. The act of abating, or the state of being abated; a lessening, diminution, or reduction; a moderation; removal or putting an end to; the suppression of. [First attested from 1340 to 1470.]
ABATEMENT, noun. The amount abated; that which is taken away by way of reduction; deduction; decrease; a rebate or discount allowed; in particular from a tax. [Late 15th century.]
ABATEMENT, noun. (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.[Early 17th century.]
ABATEMENT, noun. (legal) The action of a person that abates, or without proper authority enters a residence after the death of the owner and before the heir takes possession.
ABATEMENT, noun. (legal) The reduction of the proceeds of a will, when the debts have not yet been satisfied; the reduction of taxes due.[First attested around 1150 to 1350.]

Dictionary definition

ABATEMENT, noun. An interruption in the intensity or amount of something.
ABATEMENT, noun. The act of abating; "laws enforcing noise abatement".

Wise words

Words are always getting conventionalized to some secondary meaning. It is one of the works of poetry to take the truants in custody and bring them back to their right senses.
William Butler Yeats