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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Examples of abatement in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If abatement granted exceeds 50 percent, a city must get the consent of its school district. cleveland, "Beachwood looks to expand reinvestment area; trick-or-treat set for Oct. 31," 6 Oct. 2020 Cooper pointed at one side of the Bing Theatre, where asbestos abatement was under way. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, "The Iconoclast Remaking Los Angeles’s Most Important Museum," 5 Oct. 2020 His hiring prompted scrutiny because Young negotiated a $225 million tax abatement for Howard to redevelop its land on Georgia Avenue NW and build a new hospital. Washington Post, "Former D.C. official Rashad Young takes top job with Howard University," 29 Sep. 2020 Asbestos abatement workers were deemed essential long before the pandemic. Sofia Quaglia, Wired, "Asbestos Removal Is a Hard Job, but Covid-19 Makes It Harder," 12 Sep. 2020 The city did lead abatement and some electrical work, put in flooring, did painting and deck repairs, and made other improvements, Malinowski said. Don Stacom, courant.com, "New Britain lottery will bring opportunity for first-time home ownership to two families," 24 Sep. 2020 In the second matter, the committee recommended to the town council that Shaver Preferred Motors receive a 10-year real property tax abatement by a 3-1 vote. Karen Caffarini, chicagotribune.com, "Warehouse planned for Merrillville’s Ameriplex recommended for 10-year tax abatement," 11 Sep. 2020 The company also received a $9.3 million tax abatement in 2017 and a $7 million in 2019, each lasting for 10 years. Amelia Pak-harvey, The Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis council approves roughly $24 million in tax abatements for Lilly," 19 Aug. 2020 In Tesla’s case, Travis County commissioners approved a $14 million property tax abatement over 10 years — a giveaway dwarfed by Del Valle ISD’s $46 million tax break. Diego Mendoza-moyers, ExpressNews.com, "Tax-break program to cost Texas $1 billion a year by 2022. Tesla soon will be a beneficiary," 12 Aug. 2020

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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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The first known use of abatement was in the 15th century

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11 Oct 2020

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“Abatement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abatement. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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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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