Legal definition of abate
Commercial Real Estate Legal Terminology


To do away with a problem, such as a public or private nuisance or some structure built contrary to public policy.
This can include dikes which illegally direct water onto a neighbor's property, high volume noise from a rock band or a factory, an improvement constructed in violation of building and safety codes, or seepage from a faulty septic tank. See also: abatement

2) To put an end to something.
to become less strong
Source: Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus. website
to put an end to or suppress (a nuisance).
Source: TheFreeDictionary by FARLEX. website
A problem arises in estate law when the amount of the bequests and devises made in a will exceeds the assets available in the estate. In such a case, some or all of the bequests and devises may have to be abated to make up the deficit. Under the Uniform Probate Code, property in the estate that is not specifically given under the will abates first, residuary devises abate second, general devises abate third, and specific devises abate last.
Source: TheFreeDictionary by FARLEX.
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