abate·​ment | \ ə-ˈbāt-mənt How to pronounce abatement (audio) \

Definition of abatement

1 : the act or process of reducing or otherwise abating something abatement of pollution : the state of being abated a storm continuing without abatement [=without weakening]
2 : an amount abated especially : a deduction from the full amount of a tax … devised tax credits, refunds, and abatements to benefit private corporations … — William Greider

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Recent Examples on the Web Keep Irving Beautiful, a nonprofit, is dedicated to educating the community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, "Irving needs volunteers for annual Trash-Off," 29 Mar. 2021 After acquiring the church building at 3500 Montgomery Road, $104,000 is needed to cover the costs of construction staffing, abatement, clean up, exterior improvements and roof repairs, according to Save the Mark's crowdfunding webpage. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, "Evanston Community Council starts fundraiser to purchase, renovate historic St. Mark Church," 19 Mar. 2021 Then there’s partial abatement, in which months of unpaid rent are added to the end of the lease, extending the lease and keeping alive the hope that the money will be paid eventually. Ryan Ori, chicagotribune.com, "Whether a restaurant survives the pandemic could depend on an uneasy dance with the landlord," 18 Sep. 2020 After the abatement is complete, the city assesses the owner’s property taxes to recuperate the expenses to the city. Laura Bednar, cleveland, "Independence takes action toward removing another dilapidated home in the city," 8 Mar. 2021 The documents indicate Samsung is seeking a 100% tax abatement over 20 years from Travis County, which would be worth $718.3 million, according to the documents filed with the state. Dallas News, "Samsung seeks $1 billion in tax breaks to build new $17 billion chip plant in Austin," 5 Feb. 2021 Other states have ordered freezes on commercial evictions, as a coalition of lobbies for restaurants, hotels, franchisees and tourism businesses urged state governors to impose a 90-day rent abatement and eviction ban. Caroline Glenn, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida Democrats propose $543M in rent relief for small businesses left out of eviction bans," 5 Mar. 2021 Visualization tools empower them to look holistically across their value chain and develop mitigation options that use smart financing solutions and group different abatement opportunities. Guidehouse Insights, Forbes, "Digitizing The Sustainability Journey," 24 Feb. 2021 Then one day in 1993, the unemployment office got him a graffiti-abatement job. Malia Wollan, New York Times, "How to Remove Graffiti," 23 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of abatement

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for abatement

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French, from abatre "to abate" + -ment -ment

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3 Apr 2021

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“Abatement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abatement. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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abate·​ment | \ ə-ˈbāt-mənt How to pronounce abatement (audio) \

Legal Definition of abatement

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 especially : 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

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