Definition of abatement in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈbātmənt/


(Often in legal use) the ending, reduction, or lessening of something: noise abatement an abatement in the purchase price
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  • A single case of noise-induced hearing loss might be the trigger for intensified noise abatement.
  • But victims complain that it takes a long time to obtain a noise abatement notice requiring their neighbours to turn down the volume.
  • The pub was served with the noise abatement order after a resident of a neighbouring housing development complained to the council.
subsiding, dying down/away/out, lessening, easing (off), letup, decrease, moderation, decline, ebb
decrease, reduction, lowering


Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French, from Old French abatre 'fell, put an end to' (see abate).

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Syllabification: a·bate·ment

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