abate·ment /ə-'bāt-mənt/ n
1: the act or process of abating or the state of being abated
challenged the abatement of her bequest
abatement of a private nuisance by self-help — W. L. Prosser and W. P. Keeton
2: an amount abated: deduction; esp: a deduction from the full amount of a tax
in abatement: subject to termination because of a formal or procedural defect
there shall be no reversal in the Supreme Court...for error in ruling upon matters in abatementU.S. Code

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I (extinguishment) noun abolition, abrogation, annulment, cancellation, deadening, defeat, destruction, discontinuance, dissolution, elimination, extermination, invalidation, nonuse, nullification, obliteration, remissio, repeal, rescindment, revocation, termination, voidance associated concepts: abatement by death, abatement of a bequest, abatement of a cause of action, abatement of a freehold, abatement of a legacy, abatement of an action, abatement of debts, abatement of taxes, plea in abatement foreign phrases:
- Cassetur billa. — That the bill be quashed
- Cassetur breve. — That the writ be quashed
II (reduction) noun alleviation, curtailment, declination, decline, decrease, decrement, deminutio, diminishing, diminution, lessening, lightening, limitation, mitigation, modification, palliation, reduction, relief, remissio, suppression, tempering associated concepts: abatable nuisance, abatement of a tax III index abridgment (disentitlement), curtailment, decline, decrease, decrement, deduction (diminution), diminution, discount, lull, mitigation, mollification, outflow, relief (release), remission, removal, solace

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

interruption of legal proceedings on a plea from the defendant to a matter that prevented the plaintiff from proceeding at that time or in that form (e.g. objections to the mode and time of the plaintiff's claim).
Civil proceedings are not abated by reasons of the marriage, death or bankruptcy of a party if the cause of action survives or continues. Criminal proceedings are not abated by the death of the prosecutor (or the sovereign) but they are by the death of the accused or, if the accused is a company, by the winding up of the company.
A nuisance is abated when it is stopped. By statute, abatement notices may be served in respect of certain nuisances by local authorities: Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

1) The removal of a problem that is against public or private policy or that endangers others, including nuisances such as weeds that might catch fire in an otherwise empty lot.
2) An equal reduction of recovery of debts by creditors when there are not enough funds or assets to pay the full amount.
3) A partial or complete cancellation of a taxpayer's taxes, penalties, or interest by the IRS.
4) Reducing the sum owed under a contract, on the grounds that the other side did not deliver as promised. For example, rent may be abated when a landlord has failed to maintain a habitable premises.
5) After a death, an equal reduction in gifts to beneficiaries if the deceased person didn't leave enough property to fulfill all the bequests made in the will and meet other expenses, such as debts or taxes.
Category: Bankruptcy, Foreclosure & Debt → Bankruptcy
Category: Bankruptcy, Foreclosure & Debt → Debt & Collection Agencies
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates → Estates, Executors & Probate Court
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates → Wills

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

1 The act of abating.
2 The process of, or the state of, being abated.
3 The amount abated.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

A reduction, a decrease, or a diminution. The suspension or cessation, in whole or in part, of a continuing charge, such as rent.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

A reduction, a decrease, or a diminution. The suspension or cessation, in whole or in part, of a continuing charge, such as rent.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   1) the removal of a problem which is against public or private policy, or endangers others, including nuisances such as weeds that might catch fire on an otherwise empty lot;
   2) an equal reduction of recovery of debts by all creditors when there are not enough funds or assets to pay the full amount;
   3) an equal reduction of benefits to beneficiaries (heirs) when an estate is not large enough to pay each beneficiary in full.
   See also: abate

Law dictionary. . 2013.


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