abate·​ment | \ ə-ˈbāt-mənt How to pronounce abatement (audio) \

Definition of abatement

1 : the act or process of reducing or otherwise abating something abatement of pollution : the state of being abated a storm continuing without abatement [=without weakening]
2 : an amount abated especially : a deduction from the full amount of a tax … devised tax credits, refunds, and abatements to benefit private corporations … — William Greider

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Recent Examples on the Web All other terms of the tax abatement will remain unchanged, including the stipulation that Uber create jobs with an average salary of $100,000. Dom Difurio, Dallas News, "Uber to launch grocery delivery in Dallas, even as it ratchets back Deep Ellum hiring goals," 10 July 2020 The developers, through financial consultant Ryan Sommers, a CPA with Project Management Consultants -- who also spoke to council during the meeting -- are seeking a 10-year TIF with 50 percent tax abatement. cleveland, "Developers ask Beachwood for TIF deal on proposed $25 million apartment plan," 16 June 2020 Seguin and Guadalupe County officials granted a partial tax abatement to the company. Diego Mendoza-moyers, ExpressNews.com, "Instant coffee manufacturer opening plant in Seguin," 9 July 2020 Tesla disclosed in a tax abatement application filing earlier this month that Oklahoma remains in contention for the Cybertruck and Model Y factory. Dana Hull, Bloomberg.com, "Tesla Pitches 5,000 ‘Middle-Skill’ Factory Jobs to Texas County," 5 July 2020 The city has given Ambrose a 10-year, 75 percent tax abatement on the remodeled or new buildings that is tied to job creation and payroll. Sue Kiesewetter, The Enquirer, "$50 million project coming to Fairfield's former Liberty Mutual/Ohio Casualty site," 1 July 2020 The budget charges students a $50 fee for COVID-19 abatement and also allocates $20 million to be split between the Flint and Dearborn campuses. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "U-M passes 1.9% tuition hike, plans to cover cost of increase for most in-state students," 30 June 2020 Some of those steps—the availability of appealing AR glasses, for instance; the abatement of social distancing—fall outside of Niantic’s control. Brian Barrett, Wired, "Pokemon Go and Sleep No More Creators Are Teaming Up on AR," 30 June 2020 What remains to be seen is whether the city’s 15-year tax abatement offer promoting affordable housing is a big enough carrot for developers building new residential projects in Lakewood. John Benson, cleveland, "Lakewood Council President promotes affordable housing strategy," 17 June 2020

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First Known Use of abatement

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for abatement

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French, from abatre "to abate" + -ment -ment

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The first known use of abatement was in the 15th century

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31 Jul 2020

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“Abatement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abatement. Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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abate·​ment | \ ə-ˈbāt-mənt How to pronounce abatement (audio) \

Legal Definition of abatement

1 : the act or process of abating or the state of being abated challenged the abatement of her bequest abatement of a private nuisance by self-help— W. L. Prosser and W. P. Keeton
2 : an amount abated : deduction especially : a deduction from the full amount of a tax
in abatement
: subject to termination because of a formal or procedural defect there shall be no reversal in the Supreme Court…for error in ruling upon matters in abatementU.S. Code

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