Plea in abatement
Abatement A*bate"ment (-ment), n. [OF. abatement, F. abattement.] 1. The act of abating, or the state of being abated; a lessening, diminution, or reduction; removal or putting an end to; as, the abatement of a nuisance is the suppression thereof. [1913 Webster]

2. The amount abated; that which is taken away by way of reduction; deduction; decrease; a rebate or discount allowed. [1913 Webster]

3. (Her.) A mark of dishonor on an escutcheon. [1913 Webster]

4. (Law) The entry of a stranger, without right, into a freehold after the death of the last possessor, before the heir or devisee. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]

{Defense in abatement}, {Plea in abatement}, (Law), plea to the effect that from some formal defect (e.g. misnomer, lack of jurisdiction) the proceedings should be abated. [1913 Webster]


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  • plea in abatement — see plea Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. plea in abatement …   Law dictionary

  • plea in abatement — noun Plea to the effect that from some formal defect (e.g. misnomer, want of jurisdiction) the proceedings should be abated. Syn: defense in abatement …   Wiktionary

  • plea in abatement — A dilatory plea in a criminal case, challenging irregularities in procedure occurring before arraignment, but setting up no facts going to the real merits of the case. 21 Am J2d Crim L § 468. A plea in a civil action bringing to the attention of… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • plea in abatement — a plea that postpones or defeats a cause of action not on the merits of the controversy but for some defect in or matter of form or procedure …   Useful english dictionary

  • demurrer to plea in abatement — A method by which the plaintiff tests the legal sufficiency of the defendant s plea in abatement. 41 Am J1st Pl § 211 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • in abatement — phrasal law : seeking termination of the proceedings of an action by reason of some formal defect (as misnomer) a plea in abatement …   Useful english dictionary

  • Defense in abatement — Abatement A*bate ment ( ment), n. [OF. abatement, F. abattement.] 1. The act of abating, or the state of being abated; a lessening, diminution, or reduction; removal or putting an end to; as, the abatement of a nuisance is the suppression thereof …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • defense in abatement — noun Plea to the effect that from some formal defect (e.g. misnomer, want of jurisdiction) the proceedings should be abated. Syn: plea in abatement …   Wiktionary

  • plea — / plē/ n [Anglo French plei plai legal action, trial, from Old French plait plaid, from Medieval Latin placitum, from Latin, decision, decree, from neuter of placitus, past participle of placēre to please, be decided] 1 a: an allegation of fact… …   Law dictionary

  • plea — In common law pleading (now obsolete with adoption of Rules of Civil Procedure) a pleading; any one in the series of pleadings. More particularly, the first pleading on the part of the defendant. In the strictest sense, the answer which the… …   Black's law dictionary

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