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1. The act of abating; the state of being abated.

2. A reduction, removing, or pulling down as of a nuisance.

3. Diminution, decrease, or mitigation, as of grief or pain.

4. Deduction, sum withdraw, as from an account.

5. Overthrow, failure or defeat, as of a writ.

6. The entry of a stranger into a freehold after the death of the tenant, before the heir or devisee.

7. In heraldry, a mark of dishonor in a coat of arms, by which its dignity is debased for some stain on the character of the wearer.