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Abatement

n. abatement has different contexts of usage, which are, 1) chancery practice, is a suspension of all proceedings in a suit, from the want of proper parties capable of proceeding therein 2) reduction made by the creditor, for the prompt payment of a debt due by the payor or debtor 3) deductions made at the custom-house from the duties chargeable upon goods when they are damaged 4) reduction of legacies for the purpose of paying the testator's debts 5) prostration or removal of a private or public nuisance.

 
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