Abandonment meaning

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.
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The act of abandoning, or the state of being abandoned; total desertion; relinquishment. [Late 16th century.]
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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.

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An abandoned building or structure.

High-profile abandonments are harder to infiltrate for urban explorers due to their heightened security.

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(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.]
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(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.]
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The self-surrender to an outside influence. [Mid 19th century.]
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Abandon; careless freedom or ease; surrender to one's emotions. [Mid 19th century.]
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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.
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The cessation of service on a particular segment of the lines of a common carrier, as granted by a government agency.
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Origin of abandonment

  • From French abandonnement, from abandonner (“to abandon, relinquish"). abandonner was originally equivalent to mettre à bandon (“to leave to the jurisdiction, i.e. of another"), bandon being from Medieval Latin bandum, bannum (“order, decree, ban") (See also English banns.)

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