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Abbreviation

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Abbrevia'tion. n.s.

  1. The act of abbreviating.
  2. The means used to abbreviate, as characters signifying whole words.

    Such is the propriety and energy of expression in them all, that they never can be changed, but to disadvantage, except in the circumstance of using abbreviations. Swift's Introduction to genteel conversation.

Sources: Swift, Jonathan (306)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Abbreviation." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: December 5, 2013. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=257.


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