Definitions for abandonment

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

a•ban•donəˈbæn dən(v.t.)

  1. to leave completely and finally; forsake utterly; desert:

    to abandon a child; to abandon a sinking ship.

  2. to give up; discontinue; withdraw from:

    to abandon a project; to abandon hope.

  3. to give up the control of:

    to abandon a city to an enemy army.

  4. to yield (oneself) without restraint or moderation, as to emotions or natural impulses:

    to abandon oneself to grief.

  5. to relinquish (insured property) in case of partial loss, so that the insured can claim a total loss.

    Category: Business

  6. Obs. to banish.

Origin of abandon:

1325–75; ME abando(u)nen < MF abandoner for OF (mettre) a bandon (put) under (someone's) jurisdiction =a at, to (< L ad; see ad -) +bandon < Gmc *band; see bond1

a•ban′don•ment(n.)

a•ban•donəˈbæn dən(n.)

  1. a complete surrender to natural impulses without restraint or moderation; freedom from constraint:

    to dance with reckless abandon.

Origin of abandon:

1815–25; < F

Princeton's WordNet

  1. abandonment, forsaking, desertion(noun)

    the act of giving something up

  2. desertion, abandonment, defection(noun)

    withdrawing support or help despite allegiance or responsibility

    "his abandonment of his wife and children left them penniless"

  3. abandonment(noun)

    the voluntary surrender of property (or a right to property) without attempting to reclaim it or give it away

Wiktionary

  1. abandonment(Noun)

    The act of abandoning, or the state of being abandoned; total desertion; relinquishment.

  2. abandonment(Noun)

    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.

  3. abandonment(Noun)

    The relinquishment of a right, claim, or privilege; relinquishment of right to secure a patent by an inventor; relinquishment of copyright by an author;

  4. abandonment(Noun)

    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."

  5. abandonment(Noun)

    The cessation of service on a particular segment of the lines of a common carrier.

  6. abandonment(Noun)

    A refusal to receive freight so damaged in transit as to be worthless and render carrier liable for its value.

  7. abandonment(Noun)

    Careless freedom or ease; abandon.

  8. Origin: From abandonnement, from abandonner; abandonner was originally equivalent to , bandon being from bandum, bannum (See also English banns.)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abandonment(noun)

    the act of abandoning, or the state of being abandoned; total desertion; relinquishment

  2. Abandonment(noun)

    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

  3. Abandonment(noun)

    the relinquishment of a right, claim, or privilege, as to mill site, etc

  4. Abandonment(noun)

    the voluntary leaving of a person to whom one is bound by a special relation, as a wife, husband, or child; desertion

  5. Abandonment(noun)

    careless freedom or ease; abandon

Freebase

  1. Abandonment

    The term abandonment has a multitude of uses, legal and extra-legal. Abandonment, in law, is the relinquishment or renunciation of an interest, claim, privilege, possession, or right, especially with the intent of never again resuming or reasserting it. Such intentional action may take the form of a discontinuance or a waiver. This broad meaning has a number of applications in different branches of law. In common law jurisdictions, both common law abandonment and statutory abandonment of property may be recognized. Common law abandonment may be generally defined as "the relinquishment of a right [in property] by the owner thereof without any regard to future possession by himself or any other person, and with the intention to foresake [sic] or desert the right...." or as "the voluntary relinquishment of a thing by its owner with the intention of terminating his ownership, and without [the intention of] vesting ownership in any other person; the giving up of a thing absolutely, without reference to any particular person or purpose...." By contrast, an example of statutory abandonment is the abandonment by a bankruptcy trustee under 11 U.S.C. § 554. In Scots law, failure to assert a legal right in a way that implies abandonment of that property is called taciturnity.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

abandonment(noun)

Lack of money led to the abandonment of this plan.

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