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Abridgment means shortening, condensing or contraction. It is most commonly used in relation to the act of reducing the principal ideas of the larger work into a shorter form. For example, books condensed into shorter form. Abridgment in the context of law means a brief law digest, arranged alphabetically. Abridgment can be true to the original work by taking only that parts that are treated as important by an author. Sometimes it appears to be a complete parody of original work.