Definition of abridge in English:

abridge

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Pronunciation: /əˈbrɪdʒ
 
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verb

[with object]
  • 2 Law Curtail (a right or privilege): even the right to free speech can be abridged
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    • No state could abridge those privileges or immunities, or deny any person due process or the equal protection of the law.
    • The evidence clearly shows that the city's police powers are not abridged in any manner and that the agreement is expressly subject to the remedies available to the city under the Omaha Municipal Code.
    • I have the right to free speech, for example, and you can ask me to apologize for anything I say that offends you, and that request would have no bearing on whether my freedom of speech was being abridged.

Derivatives

abridgeable

adjective
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  • Even more profoundly than that, it presents a case which illustrates the radical idea that, contrary to a rarely articulated tenet of Western philosophy, there are aspects of our minds and souls which are not abridgeable with will power.

abridger

noun
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  • For a host of less well-known Scottish actors, and for the abridgers, including the writers of this article, Storyline has been an important source of work and income.
  • The BBC say that this will be done ‘with our usual sensitivity’ by ‘highly experienced abridgers’.
  • Sherburn's estimation of the capacities of youth was generous in comparison; this more aggressive abridger turned the nineteen volumes of Richardson's three novels into a 232-page duodecimo.

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'deprive of'): from Old French abregier, from late Latin abbreviare 'cut short' (see abbreviate).

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