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 To assist Midwest Filtration in its efforts, West Chester Township trustees have agreed to a five-year, 50 percent property tax abatement on the addition. Sue Kiesewetter, The Enquirer, 21 Sep. 2021 The tax abatement is 100% for the first five years of the agreement, beginning in 2025, and 50% for years 2030-2034. Trevor Fraser, orlandosentinel.com, 7 Aug. 2021 Tuma and other committee members questioned the need to move forward with asbestos abatement and security improvements ahead of the final decision about the diversion center’s future site. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, 28 July 2021 The spending plan supports neighborhood revitalization with $10 million for street paving, an additional $1 million sidewalk budget and funds to maintain demolition and weed abatement. al, 29 June 2021 As opposed to the 15-year, 100 percent tax abatement recently extended in Transit Village, the county land bank based its plans on the 10-year exemption currently offered by the city southern Moreland. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 24 Aug. 2021 Midlothian is giving SunOpta an eight-year tax abatement valued at about $7.5 million. Dom Difurio, Dallas News, 19 Aug. 2021 This is the second time this year the council reversed rejecting an abatement. Michelle L. Quinn, chicagotribune.com, 13 Aug. 2021 With a tax abatement in place until 2024, monthly fees are currently especially low at $604. Jenny Xie, Curbed, 5 Aug. 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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“Abatement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abatement. Accessed 23 Oct. 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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