abatement

An abatement is a reduction or lessening. If you start bluntly telling people what you think of them, you might see an abatement in their friendliness toward you.

Abatement comes from the French word for batter, but abatement doesn’t usually have a negative sense — abatement reduces something, but doesn’t beat it to a pulp. Many cities offer tax abatements to reward businesses starting up in areas they want to develop. If your heat doesn't work, you could sue your landlord for a rent abatement, since you shouldn't have to pay rent for days you don't have heat.

Definitions of abatement
  1. noun
    the act of abating
    “laws enforcing noise abatement
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    types:
    abatement of a nuisance, nuisance abatement
    (law) the removal or termination or destruction of something that has been found to be a nuisance
    asbestos abatement
    the removal of asbestos from a public building
    type of:
    mitigation, moderation
    the action of lessening in severity or intensity
  2. noun
    an interruption in the intensity or amount of something
    synonyms: hiatus, reprieve, respite, suspension
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    defervescence
    abatement of a fever as indicated by a reduction in body temperature
    remission, remittal, subsidence
    an abatement in intensity or degree (as in the manifestations of a disease)
    resolution
    the subsidence of swelling or other signs of inflammation (especially in a lung)
    type of:
    break, interruption
    some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity
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