abatement

noun
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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Synonyms & Antonyms for abatement

Synonyms

deduction, discount, reduction

Antonyms

accession, addition

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The project received a favorable recommendation from a tax abatement advisory board Wednesday. Bill Turque, kansascity, "KC Council defines affordable housing rents (and it's not $2K a month) | The Kansas City Star," 24 May 2018 The store would get 1 cent of the fee and the remaining 4 cents would go to a fund that would help pay for lead abatement in schools and communities. Frank Kummer, Philly.com, "N.J. poised to impose 5-cent fee on plastic bags, so why aren't environmentalists happy?," 22 June 2018 Residential owners on Beacon and Concord will also be eligible for abatement on improvements that increase home values. Jeff Piorkowski/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Beachwood adds new 'tool' to help attract, retain business; new law director hired," 3 Apr. 2018 The company was getting a 67-acre site free of charge, a graduated five-year tax abatement and $3 million a year in incentives from the state. Joe Barrett, WSJ, "Minnesota Town’s Shrimp-Farming Dreams Are Put on Ice," 10 Jan. 2019 That's largely due to abatement efforts and awareness that lead is so toxic. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Study: Flint children's blood lead levels hit historic low in 2016," 26 Mar. 2018 Last week, the Common Council launched an investigation into the Milwaukee Health Department and its management of the city's lead abatement efforts. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Thousands of letters sent to Milwaukee families as lead-testing hotline goes live," 22 Jan. 2018 If your popcorn ceiling contains asbestos, hire a licensed asbestos abatement company to scrape the ceiling clean. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Remove a Popcorn Ceiling," 25 Jan. 2019 Consider what mold abatement entails first, as the off-gassing chemicals involved can be harmful. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "6 Nursery-Decorating Mistakes To Avoid For Your Baby’s Health," 19 Dec. 2018

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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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abatement

noun

Financial Definition of abatement

What It Is

An abatement is a reduction in a tax rate or tax liability.

How It Works

Property taxes are a common subject of abatement (though the term is often used when discussing overdue debt). For example, John Doe owns a house and owes $4,000 in property taxes for the year. John's house is very old, and he is able to have it added to the National Register of Historic Places because Thomas Jefferson once slept there. As a result, the county gives him an abatement, reducing his taxes to only $500.

Why It Matters

Municipalities often grant abatements to incent people to do certain things with property: take action to revitalize a struggling neighborhood, restore a historic place, operate a business or nonprofit organization, or conduct another activity that improves the community as a whole.

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abatement

noun
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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