I. noun — [ mass noun] 1. the action of abridging a text. 2. [ count noun] — a shortened version of a larger work. • an abridgement of Shakespeare’s Henry VI.
[Law] curtailment of rights.
• the abridgement of the rights of ownership.
– origin late Middle English: from Old French abregement, from the verb abreg(i)er (see abridge).