Abandonment 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.
Webster's New World Law

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.

Webster's New World Law

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.

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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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