- a shortened or condensed form of a book, speech, etc., that still retains the basic contents: an abridgment of Tolstoy’s War and Peace.
- the act or process of abridging.
- the state of being abridged.
- reduction or curtailment: abridgment of civil rights.
- a shortened version of a written work
- the act of abridging or state of being abridged
late 15c., from Old French abregement “shortening, abbreviation,” from abregier (see abridge).