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Princeton's WordNet

  1. abandonment, forsaking, desertionnoun

    the act of giving something up

  2. desertion, abandonment, defectionnoun

    withdrawing support or help despite allegiance or responsibility

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

  3. abandonmentnoun

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


  1. abandonmentnoun

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

  2. abandonmentnoun

    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. abandonmentnoun

    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. abandonmentnoun

    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. abandonmentnoun

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

  6. abandonmentnoun

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

  7. abandonmentnoun

    Careless freedom or ease; abandon.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Abandonmentnoun

    Etymology: abandonment, Fr.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abandonmentnoun

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

  2. Abandonmentnoun

    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. Abandonmentnoun

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

  4. Abandonmentnoun

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

  5. Abandonmentnoun

    careless freedom or ease; abandon

  6. Etymology: [Cf. F. abandonnement.]


  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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of abandonment in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of abandonment in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of abandonment in a Sentence

  1. Chief August Fons:

    A person may leave an infant with a staff of a safe haven site without being subjected to criminal prosecution for abandonment or abuse if the infant was born within 90 days of being left at the safe haven site, as determined within a reasonable degree of medical certainty, and not left in a condition that would constitute abandonment or abuse of a child.

  2. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe:

    For the North Korean issue, I'd like to underscore the importance of achieving the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization, as well as the abandonment of missile programs of North Korea.

  3. French President Francois Hollande:

    I understand the feeling of isolation and abandonment that some of out compatriots in the countryside feel.

  4. Elizabeth Ochoa:

    Every person has different levels of comfort with closeness and distance to each other, if both people are comfortable with living apart, it can work well—but if there is a mismatch, based on fears about abandonment, trust, or fidelity, then living apart will strain the relationship.

  5. Mitch McConnell:

    I don't believe Vladimir Putin would have a couple of hundred thousand troops on the border with Ukraine had we not precipitously withdrawn from Afghanistan last August, the impression we have left, first with the abandonment of Afghanistan, is that America is not interested in playing as large a leadership role as we used to.

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  • هجر, هجرانArabic
  • напускане, изоставянеBulgarian
  • Aufgabe, Preisgabe, ÜberlassenGerman
  • απάρνησηGreek
  • natureco, dezertecoEsperanto
  • abandonoSpanish
  • luopuminen, palauttaminen, holtittomuus, luovutus, luovuttaminen, lakkauttaminen, palautus, hylkääminenFinnish
  • tréigeanIrish
  • abandono, abnegation, abandonamentoInterlingua
  • rinuncia, abbandono, abnegazioneItalian
  • 放棄Japanese
  • 포기Korean
  • oppgivelseNorwegian
  • opgave, abandonnement, nonchalence, uitbundigheid, overlating, verwaarlozing, overgave, verlating, ongedwongenheid, in de steek laten, veronachtzaming, achterlating, afstand, vrachtweigeringDutch
  • oppgjevingNorwegian Nynorsk
  • dereliksjonNorwegian
  • abandonoPortuguese
  • renunțare, abandonare, abandonRomanian
  • отка́з, покида́ние, абандо́н, оставле́ниеRussian
  • pagpapabayâTagalog
  • залишення, відмова, абандонUkrainian

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  • Rodney Cabil
    Rodney Cabil
    I once look at abandonment as being the victim.
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the official who holds an office
  • A. butch
  • B. defiant
  • C. incumbent
  • D. eloquent

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