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aˈbatement /əˈbeɪtmənt/ n
  1. diminution or alleviation; decrease
  2. suppression or termination: the abatement of a nuisance
  3. the amount by which something is reduced, such as the cost of an article
  4. a decrease in the payment to creditors or legatees when the assets of the debtor or estate are insufficient to meet all payments in full
  5. (formerly) a wrongful entry on land by a stranger who takes possession after the death of the owner and before the heir has entered into possession



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