1. abatement.

Noun (etymology 2)

  1. An Italian abbot, or other member of the clergy. <ref name=SOED/>


  1. To put an end to; To cause to cease. <ref name=SOED/>
    to abate a nuisance
  2. To become null and void. <ref name=SOED/>
    The writ has abated.
  3. To nullify; make void. <ref name=SOED/>
    to abate a writ
  4. To humble; to lower in status; to bring someone down physically or mentally. <ref name=SOED/>
  5. To be humbled; to be brought down physically or mentally. <ref name=SOED/>
  6. To curtail; to deprive. <ref name=SOED/>
    Order restrictions and prohibitions to abate an emergency situation.
  7. To reduce in amount, size, or value. <ref name=SOED/>
    Legacies are liable to be abated entirely or in proportion, upon a deficiency of assets.
  8. To decrease in size, value, or amount. <ref name = Chambers/>
  9. To moderate; to lessen in force, intensity, to subside. <ref name=SOED/>
  10. To decrease in intensity or force; to subside. <ref name=SOED/>
  11. To deduct or omit. <ref name=SOED/>
    We will abate this price from the total.
  12. To bar or except. <ref name=SOED/>
  13. To cut away or hammer down, in such a way as to leave a figure in relief, as a sculpture, or in metalwork.
  14. To dull the edge or point of; to blunt. <ref name=SOED/>
  15. To destroy, or level to the ground. <ref name=SOED/>

Verb (etymology 2)

  1. To enter a tenement without permission after the owner has died and before the heir takes possession. <ref name=SOED/>

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