Legal Definition of abatement
- A reduction in some amount that is owed, usually granted by the person to whom the debt is owed. In estate law, the word may refer more specifically to a situation where property identified in a will cannot be given to the beneficiary because it had to be sold to pay off the deceased debts. Debts are paid before gifts made in wills are distributed and where a specific gift has to be sold to pay of a debt, it is said to "abate".
Example: A landlord might grant an abatement in rent
Definition of abatement
From Old French abatement, French abattement.
abatement (plural abatements)
- The act of abating, or the state of being abated; a lessening, diminution, or reduction; removal or putting an end to; as, the abatement of a nuisance is the suppression thereof.
- The amount abated; that which is taken away by way of reduction; deduction; decrease; a rebate or discount allowed.
- (heraldry) A mark of dishonor on an escutcheon; any figure added to the coat of arms tending to lower the dignity or station of the bearer.
- (law) The entry of a stranger, without right, into a freehold after the death of the last possessor, before the heir or devisee.
The Manual of Heraldry, Fifth Edition, by Anonymous, London, 1862, online at 
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Translation of abatement in Malay
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