- a deserting or being deserted
- Law the willful abandonment of one's spouse, children, etc.
Origin of desertionMiddle English desercioun from Old French desertion from Classical Latin desertio
- a. The act or an instance of deserting.b. The state of being deserted.
- Law a. Willful abandonment of a spouse or child owed a duty of support.b. The willful, permanent separation of one spouse from the other without acceptable cause or the other's consent, considered as a ground for divorce.
- The act of deserting.
From Middle French désertion
desertion - Legal Definition
The intentional and indefensible abandonment of a responsibility, such as to military service or to a spouse.