- A shortened version of a book, play, or speech.
- A reduction or lessening of something.
Late middle english: from old french abregement, from abregier 'shorten', from a- (from latin ad 'to, at') + bref 'brief'. compare with abbreviate.
- An abridgment of the novel was published for young readers.
- His speech was an abridgment of his views on current politics.
- The new law represents an abridgment of personal freedom.
- The company is facing abridgment of profits due to increased competition.
- The government has issued an abridgment of all non-essential services during the pandemic.