A Dictionary of the English Language/abatement

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Aba′tement. n. s. [abatement, Fr.]

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[In law.] The act of the abater; as, the abatement of the heir into the land before he hath agreed with the lord. The affection or passion of the thing abated; as, abatement of the writ. Cowel.


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[With heralds.] An accidental mark, which being added to a coat of arms, the dignity of it is abated, by reason of some stain or dishonourable quality of the bearer. Dict.