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vb. To beat down; to overthrow. To quash, to destroy. To bring down or reduce from a higher to a lower state, number, or degree; to lessen; to diminish; to contract; to moderate; to cut short; as, to abate a demand; to abate pride, zeal, hope. To deduct; to omit; as, to abate something from a price. To blunt. To reduce in estimation; to deprive. 


 - (Law) (a) To bring entirely down or put an end to; to do away with; as, to abate a nuisance, to abate a writ. (b) (Eng. Law) To diminish; to reduce. Legacies are liable to be abated entirely or in proportion, upon a deficiency of assets. To abate a tax, to remit it either wholly or in part. To decrease, or become less in strength or violence; as, pain abates, a storm abates. To be defeated, or come to naught; to fall through; to fail; as, a writ abates. To abate into a freehold, To abate in lands (Law), to enter into a freehold after the death of the last possessor, and before the heir takes possession. See Abatement.


 Syn. - To subside; decrease; intermit; decline; ...

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