Abatement Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Abatement, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is 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.