abridge


abridge
To reduce or contract; to diminish or curtail. Usually spoken of written language.
Copyright law.
To epitomize; to reduce; to contract. It implies preserving the substance, the essence, of a work, in language suited to such a purpose. In making extracts there is no condensation of the author's language, and hence no abridgment. To abridge requires the exercise of the mind; it is not copying.
Between a compilation and an abridgment there is a clear distinction. A compilation consists of selected extracts from different authors; an abridgment is a condensation of the views of one author
See also compilation

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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  • abridge — /ə brij/ vt abridged, abridg·ing: to diminish or reduce in scope no State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges and immunities of the citizens of the United States U.S. Constitution amend. XIV abridg·ment or… …   Law dictionary

  • Abridge — A*bridge , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Abridged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Abridging}.] [OE. abregen, OF. abregier, F. abr[ e]ger, fr. L. abbreviare; ad + brevis short. See {Brief} and cf. {Abbreviate}.] 1. To make shorter; to shorten in duration; to lessen; to …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • abridge — (v.) c.1300, abreggen, to make shorter, to condense, from O.Fr. abregier abridge, diminish, shorten, from L.L. abbreviare make short (see ABBREVIATE (Cf. abbreviate)). The sound development from L. vi to Fr. dg is paralleled in assuage (from… …   Etymology dictionary

  • abridge — abridge; abridge·ment; …   English syllables

  • abridge — *shorten, curtail, abbreviate, retrench Analogous words: condense, *contract, compress, shrink: *cut, slash: *limit, restrict: reduce, diminish, *decrease Antonyms: expand: extend Contrasted words: amplify, swell, distend (see …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • abridge — [v] shorten abbreviate, abstract, blue pencil*, chop, clip, compress, concentrate, condense, contract, curtail, cut, decrease, digest, diminish, downsize, lessen, limit, narrow, put in nutshell*, reduce, restrict, slash, snip*, summarize, trim,… …   New thesaurus

  • 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

  • abridge — [ə brij′] vt. abridged, abridging [ME abregen < OFr abregier < LL abbreviare, ABBREVIATE] 1. to reduce in scope, extent, etc.; shorten 2. to shorten (a piece of writing) while preserving its substance; condense 3. to lessen or curtail… …   English World dictionary

  • Abridge — infobox UK place country = England official name= Abridge civil parish= Lambourne latitude= 51.6523longitude= 0.1191population=1,500 (2001 Census) civil parish= Lambourne shire district= Epping Forest shire county = Essex region= East of… …   Wikipedia

  • abridge — abridgable, abridgeable, adj. abridger, n. /euh brij /, v.t., abridged, abridging. 1. to shorten by omissions while retaining the basic contents: to abridge a reference book. 2. to reduce or lessen in duration, scope, authority, etc.; diminish;… …   Universalium

  • abridge — UK [əˈbrɪdʒ] / US verb [transitive] Word forms abridge : present tense I/you/we/they abridge he/she/it abridges present participle abridging past tense abridged past participle abridged to produce a shorter form of a book, play etc by making cuts …   English dictionary


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