abridge
abridge /ə-'brij/ vt abridged, abridg·ing: to diminish or reduce in scope
no State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges and immunities of the citizens of the United StatesU.S. Constitution amend. XIV
abridg·ment or abridge·ment n

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

abridge
I (divest) verb attach, deprive of, dispossess of, disseise, divest of, expropriate, limit, restrict, seize, strip, take away, usurp, wrest from II (shorten) verb abbreviate, bate, boil down, capsulize, circumcidere, compress, condense, contract, contrahere, curtail, cut down, decrease, diminish, epitomize, foreshorten, give the sum and substance, lessen, praecidere, reduce, shrink, sketch, subtract, summarize, synopsize, take away, telescope, trim, whittle III index abstract (summarize), commute, condense, constrict (compress), curtail, decrease, digest (summarize), diminish, discount (minimize), expurgate, extract, lessen, minimize, reduce, retrench

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


abridge
v.
To shorten or condense while retaining the sense of the original document.
n.
abridgement

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


abridge
to reduce the effect (of a law, privilege or power).

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


abridge
v.
1 To diminish, lessen, or restrict a legal right.
2 To condense or shorten the whole of something, such as a book, and not merely a portion of it.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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  • Abridge — A*bridge , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Abridged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Abridging}.] [OE. abregen, OF. abregier, F. abr[ e]ger, fr. L. abbreviare; ad + brevis short. See {Brief} and cf. {Abbreviate}.] 1. To make shorter; to shorten in duration; to lessen; to …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • abridge — (v.) c.1300, abreggen, to make shorter, to condense, from O.Fr. abregier abridge, diminish, shorten, from L.L. abbreviare make short (see ABBREVIATE (Cf. abbreviate)). The sound development from L. vi to Fr. dg is paralleled in assuage (from… …   Etymology dictionary

  • abridge — abridge; abridge·ment; …   English syllables

  • abridge — *shorten, curtail, abbreviate, retrench Analogous words: condense, *contract, compress, shrink: *cut, slash: *limit, restrict: reduce, diminish, *decrease Antonyms: expand: extend Contrasted words: amplify, swell, distend (see …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • abridge — [v] shorten abbreviate, abstract, blue pencil*, chop, clip, compress, concentrate, condense, contract, curtail, cut, decrease, digest, diminish, downsize, lessen, limit, narrow, put in nutshell*, reduce, restrict, slash, snip*, summarize, trim,… …   New thesaurus

  • abridge — ► VERB ▪ shorten (a text or film). DERIVATIVES abridgement (also abridgment) noun abridger noun. ORIGIN Old French abregier, from Latin abbreviare abbreviate …   English terms dictionary

  • abridge — [ə brij′] vt. abridged, abridging [ME abregen < OFr abregier < LL abbreviare, ABBREVIATE] 1. to reduce in scope, extent, etc.; shorten 2. to shorten (a piece of writing) while preserving its substance; condense 3. to lessen or curtail… …   English World dictionary

  • Abridge — infobox UK place country = England official name= Abridge civil parish= Lambourne latitude= 51.6523longitude= 0.1191population=1,500 (2001 Census) civil parish= Lambourne shire district= Epping Forest shire county = Essex region= East of… …   Wikipedia

  • abridge — abridgable, abridgeable, adj. abridger, n. /euh brij /, v.t., abridged, abridging. 1. to shorten by omissions while retaining the basic contents: to abridge a reference book. 2. to reduce or lessen in duration, scope, authority, etc.; diminish;… …   Universalium

  • abridge — UK [əˈbrɪdʒ] / US verb [transitive] Word forms abridge : present tense I/you/we/they abridge he/she/it abridges present participle abridging past tense abridged past participle abridged to produce a shorter form of a book, play etc by making cuts …   English dictionary

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