WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
a•bridg•ment  (ə brijmənt),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a shortened or condensed form of a book, speech, etc., that still retains the basic contents:an abridgment of Tolstoy'sWar and Peace.
  2. the act or process of abridging.
  3. the state of being abridged.
  4. reduction or curtailment:abridgment of civil rights.
Also,  a•bridgement. 
  • Middle French abregement. See abridge, -ment
  • late Middle English abreg(g)ement, abrygement 1400–50
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged digest, epitome;
      compendium, synopsis, abstract, summary, précis, conspectus;
      syllabus, brief, outline.
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged reduction, shortening, contraction, compression.
    • 1, 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged expansion, enlargement.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

abridgment, abridgement /əˈbrɪdʒmənt/ n
  1. a shortened version of a written work
  2. the act of abridging or state of being abridged



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