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abridge

to reduce the effect of a law, privilege or power.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006

TO ABRIDGE, practice. To make shorter in words, so as to retain the sense or substance. In law it signifies particularly the making of a declaration or count shorter, by taking or severing away some of the substance from it. Brook, tit. Abridgment; Com. Dig. Abridgment; 1 Vin. Ab. 109.
     2. Abridgment of the Plaint is allowed even after verdict and before judgment (Booth on R. A.) in an cases of real actions where the writ is de lib. ten. generally, as in assize, dower; &c.; because, after the abridgment the writ is still true, it being liberum tenementum still. But it is not allowed in a proecipe quod reddat, demanding a certain number of acres; for this would falsify the writ. See 2 Saund. 44, (n.) 4 ; Bro. Abr. Tit. Abr.; 12 Levin's Ent. 76; 2 Saund. 330; Gilb. C. P. 249-253; Thel. Dig. 76, c. 28, pl. 15, lib. 8.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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These included The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) (1995), The Complete Millennium Musical (abridged) (1998),All the Great Books (abridged) (2002), Completely Hollywood (abridged) (2005), The Complete World of Sports (abridged) (2010), The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) (2011) and The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) (2013).
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Kicking off in New Zealand and ending 24 hours later in Hawaii, 60 youth groups from 35 countries will stage specially abridged plays at 7pm, local time.
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From March 2006 the company is scheduled to release four titles every second month in abridged CD format, featuring stories from its Modern Romance and Historical Romance series.
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Simplifying phonic methods by emphasizing writing as much as if not more than reading, so that phonics is separated from spelling, The Write Way to Read includes step-by-step instructions divided into topical sections: The Alphabet, Phonography, Spelling, Abridged Grammar, Affixes, and Unabridged Grammar.
In a Zenit interview, Andrew Yuengert of Pepperdine University in California concedes that the right to emigrate is not absolute, but that it should be abridged lightly, since it is based on a fundamental human good--the initiative of the migrant in promoting his own or his family's well-being.