abridgment

abridgment or abridgement [ə brij′mənt]
n.
[ME abregement < OFr < abregier: see ABRIDGE]
1. an abridging or being abridged
2. a curtailment, as of rights
3. an abridged form, as of a book
SYN.- ABRIDGMENT describes a work condensed from a larger work by omitting the less important parts, but keeping the main contents more or less unaltered; an ABSTRACT is a short statement of the basic contents of a book, court record, etc. often used as an index to the original material; BRIEF and SUMMARY both imply a statement of the main points of the matter under consideration [the brief of a legal argument ], summary, especially, connoting a recapitulating statement; a SYNOPSIS is a condensed, orderly treatment, as of the plot of a novel, that permits a quick general view of the whole; a DIGEST is a concise, systematic treatment, generally more comprehensive in scope than a synopsis, and, in the case of technical material, often arranged under titles for quick reference; an EPITOME is a statement of the essence of a subject in the shortest possible form
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  • abridgment — I (condensation) noun abbreviation, abbreviature, abstract, aperçu, brief, capsule, compendium, compression, consolidation, conspectus, contraction, curtailment, digest, epitome, epitomization, extract, précis, reduction, sketch, summary,… …   Law dictionary

  • abridgment — abridgment, abstract, epitome, brief, synopsis, conspectus mean a condensation of a larger work or treatment, usually one already in circulation. Abridgment implies reduction in compass with the retention of relative completeness {the current… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • abridgment — /euh brij meuhnt/, n. 1. a shortened or condensed form of a book, speech, etc., that still retains the basic contents: an abridgment of Tolstoy s War and Peace. 2. the act or process of abridging. 3. the state of being abridged. 4. reduction or… …   Universalium

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  • abridgment — I (Roget s IV) n. 1. [The act of reducing or shortening] Syn. shortening, reduction, cutting; see abbreviation 2 . 2. [A shortened form of a work] Syn. digest, condensation, compendium, summary, epitome, pr?cis, abstract, brief, synopsis, outline …   English dictionary for students

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  • abridgment — a•bridg•ment or a•bridge•ment [[t]əˈbrɪdʒ mənt[/t]] n. 1) a shortened or condensed form of a book, speech, etc., that still retains the basic contents 2) the act or process of abridging 3) the state of being abridged 4) reduction or curtailment:… …   From formal English to slang

  • abridgment — Condensation; contraction. An epitome or compendium of another and larger work, wherein the principal ideas of the larger work are summarily contained. Abridgments of the law are brief digests of the law, arranged alphabetically. In this context …   Black's law dictionary

  • abridgment — abridge ► VERB ▪ shorten (a text or film). DERIVATIVES abridgement (also abridgment) noun abridger noun. ORIGIN Old French abregier, from Latin abbreviare abbreviate …   English terms dictionary

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