abate /ə-'bāt/ vb abat·ed, abat·ing [Old French abattre, literally, to knock down, from a -, prefix stressing result + battre to beat]
1 a: to put an end to or do away with
abate a nuisance
b: make void: nullify
abate an action
2: to reduce in amount esp. proportionately
abate a tax
1: to become defeated or become null or void
when a public officer is a party to an appeal...in an official capacity and during its pendency dies...the action does not abateFederal Rules of Appellate Procedure Rule 43
2: to decrease in amount or value
the legacies abated proportionately
◇ A problem arises in estate law when the amount of the bequests and devises made in a will exceeds the assets available in the estate. In such a case, some or all of the bequests and devises may have to be abated to make up the deficit. Under the Uniform Probate Code, property in the estate that is not specifically given under the will abates first, residuary devises abate second, general devises abate third, and specific devises abate last.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I (extinguish) verb abolish, abrogate, annul, cadere, cancel, defeat, destroy, discontinue, dissolve, eliminate, exterminate, invalidate, nullify, obliterate, put an end to, quash, quell, repeal, rescind, revoke, terminate, void associated concepts: abate a bequest, abate a cause of action, abate a debt, abate a devise, abate a legacy, abate an action II (lessen) verb alleviate, curtail, decline, decrease, decrescere, diminish, imminui, lighten, limit, mitigate, modify, palliate, reduce, relieve, remittere, suppress, temper associated concepts: abate a nuisance, abate a tax III index abolish, allay, alleviate, assuage, cease, check (restrain), commute, curtail, decrease, deduct (reduce), diminish, discount (minimize), discount (reduce), ease, enjoin, give (yield), lapse (cease), lessen, mitigate, moderate (temper), modify (moderate), mollify, obtund, quash, reduce, relax, relieve (free from burden), remit (relax), subdue, subside

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

To decrease, reduce, or diminish; to end, dismiss, or temporarily suspend a lawsuit.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

1) To do away with or put an end to a problem.
2) To reduce or decrease in amount or value, usually proportionally. (See also: abatement)
Category: Business, LLCs & Corporations
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

1 v. To end, eliminate, do away with, or make null and void.
2 v. To diminish, decrease, or lessen in degree or amount.
3 n. The reduction of a bequest or devise made in a will because the combined value of all bequests and devises, and/or the debts owed by a testator, exceed the assets in the testator's estate.
4 n. The rebate or reduction of taxes already assessed and/or paid.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

   to do away with a problem, such as a public or private nuisance or some structure built contrary to public policy. This can include dikes which illegally direct water onto a neighbor's property, high volume noise from a rock band or a factory, an improvement constructed in violation of building and safety codes, or seepage from a faulty septic tank.
   See also: abatement

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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