Pronunciation: (u-brij'munt),[key] —n. 1. a shortened or condensed form of a book, speech, etc., that still retains the basic contents: an abridgment of Tolstoy's War and Peace.
2. the act or process of abridging.
3. the state of being abridged.
4. reduction or curtailment: abridgment of civil rights.Also,a•bridge'ment.