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Pronunciation: ă-bāt′ment


  1. A diminution or easing.
  2. Reduction, ultimately elimination, of public-health nuisances such as smoke or loud noise.

[abate, fr. M.E. abaten, fr. O.Fr. abattre, to beat down, fr. L. L. batto, to beat, + -ment]

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