- The act of abandoning, or the state of being abandoned; total desertion; relinquishment. [Late 16th century.]
- The voluntary leaving of a person to whom one is bound by a special relation, as a wife, husband or child; desertion.
- Since he left her, she's suing him for divorce on grounds of abandonment.
- An abandoned building or structure.
- High-profile abandonments are harder to infiltrate for urban explorers due to their heightened security.
- (law) The relinquishment of a right, claim, or privilege; relinquishment of right to secure a patent by an inventor; relinquishment of copyright by an author. [Early 19th century.]
- (law) The relinquishment by the insured to the underwriters of what may remain of the property insured after a loss or damage by a peril insured against. [Early 19th century.]
- The cessation of service on a particular segment of the lines of a common carrier, as granted by a government agency.
- A refusal to receive freight so damaged in transit as to be worthless and render carrier liable for its value.
- The self-surrender to an outside influence. [Mid 19th century.]
- Abandon; careless freedom or ease; surrender to one's emotions. [Mid 19th century.]
abandonment - Legal Definition
- The act of abandoning property or a right with no intent of reclaiming it or of later giving it away or selling it. See also forfeiture, relinquishment, renunciation, surrender, and waiver.
- The act of abandoning a person with the intent of terminating the duties or him or her. For example, the intentional failure by a parent to communicate with or to provide financial or other support to his children. See also desertion.