Definition of Abridging:
Demosthenes felt such delight in the history of Thucydides, that, to obtain a familiar and perfect mastery of his style, he re- copied his history eight times; while Brutus not only was constantly perusing Polybius, even amidst the most busy periods of his life, but was abridging a copy of that author on the last awful night of his existence, when on the following day he was to try his fate against Antony and Octavius.- "Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)", Isaac Disraeli.
This amendment was duly ratified by the States, and when members of Congress swear to support the Constitution of the United States, they are as much bound by their oath to refrain from abridging the right of petition, as they are to fulfil any other constitutional obligation.- "The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus", American Anti-Slavery Society.
In taking up that clause of the Fourteenth Amendment which provides that no state shall make or enforce any law abridging the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States, Justice Miller declared that it was not the purpose of that provision to transfer the security and protection of all fundamental civil rights from the state government to the Federal Government.- "Contemporary American History, 1877-1913", Charles A. Beard.