Synonyms for abbreviation are few, so they should be easily remembered.
To abbreviate something is to shorten, reduce, or cut, it. Therefore, an abbreviation is a shortening by any
A contraction is a reduction of size by the drawing together of the parts. A contraction of a word is
made by omitting certain letters or syllables and bringing together the first and last letters or elements.
An abbreviation may be made either by omitting certain portions from the interior or by cutting off a part;
therefore, a contraction is an abbreviation, but an abbreviation is not necessarily a
For example, rec't. for receipt, mdse. for merchandise, and Dr. for doctor are all
contractions; plus they are also abbreviations.
Am. for American is an abbreviation, but not a contraction.
Abbreviation and contraction are used of words and phrases, while abridgment is used of books,
paragraphs, sentences, etc.
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abbreviation and you'll go to the main synonyms page which contains a
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Antonyms for Abbreviation
enlargement, expansion, augmentation,
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