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Abatement of Action

Definition - What does Abatement of Action mean?

"Abatement of action" means to entirely destroy or overthrow an action. This usually results from a defendant pleading a matter, which completely defeats the action for a certain period of time or even permanently in some cases.

Justipedia explains Abatement of Action

Under common law, any suit that gets abated is considered "dead". If further cause of actions are required, then it is necessary to file a new law suit. However, in equity courts, abatement causes the suspension of current proceedings in the case.

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