Abridge Law and Legal Definition

In a generic sense the term “abridge” means to cut short. For example, to make an abridged copy of a book means to reduce the number of words in a book without affecting the quality or substance of the book. In a legal context, the term is generally used to explain taking away or restricting some existing right of a person such as abridging the right to vote; or abridging the rights and obligations of an administrator.