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

n the act of abating

“laws enforcing noise abatement
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

n an interruption in the intensity or amount of something

hiatus, reprieve, respite, suspension
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)
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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