Abate Legal Definition: To put an end to, to nullify or to become void. Related Terms: Abatement In Englewood, at ¶39, Justice Walters of the Court of Appeals of Ohio, used these words in the context of a nuisance case: "(The) District Court of Appeals rejected the contention that abate means demolish and destroy. That court commented that demolition and destruction are not synonyms that immediately leap to mind when the term abate is used. "To abate means to put an end to, to nullify or to become void." REFERENCES: Englewood v. Turner, 178 Ohio App. 3d 179 (2008) Categories & Topics: Duhaime's Tort and Personal Injury Law Dictionary Unless otherwise noted, this page was written by Lloyd Duhaime of Duhaime.org Always looking up definitions? Save time with our search provider (modern browsers only) If you find an error or omission in Duhaime's Law Dictionary, or if you have suggestion for a legal term, we'd love to hear from you!