What does abandonment mean?

Definitions for abandonment

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word abandonment.

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


  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

  6. Origin: [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.


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel:

    Tsipras and his government are leading the Greek people on a path of bitter abandonment and hopelessness.

  2. French President Francois Hollande:

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

  3. Keith Ablow:

    Very often, these are people who have suffered abandonment at critical points in their lives earlier, sometimes during childhood.

  4. Teruhiko Mashiko:

    The view that it is not dignified as a human to simply be kept alive by medical treatment is becoming more common, cALLOUS ABANDONMENT.

  5. Aldous Huxley:

    The condition of being forgiven is self-abandonment. The proud man prefers self-reproach, however painful --because the reproached self isn't abandoned; it remains intact.

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Translations for abandonment

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • هجر, هجرانArabic
  • напускане, изоставянеBulgarian
  • Überlassen, Aufgabe, PreisgabeGerman
  • απάρνησηGreek
  • dezerteco, naturecoEsperanto
  • abandonoSpanish
  • lakkauttaminen, hylkääminen, luovuttaminen, holtittomuus, palauttaminen, luovutus, palautus, luopuminenFinnish
  • tréigeanIrish
  • abandonamento, abandono, abnegationInterlingua
  • abbandono, rinuncia, abnegazioneItalian
  • 放棄Japanese
  • 포기Korean
  • oppgivelseNorwegian
  • verlating, ongedwongenheid, in de steek laten, achterlating, afstand, vrachtweigering, opgave, veronachtzaming, overgave, nonchalence, overlating, verwaarlozing, uitbundigheid, abandonnementDutch
  • oppgjevingNorwegian Nynorsk
  • dereliksjonNorwegian
  • abandonoPortuguese
  • renunțare, abandon, abandonareRomanian
  • отка́з, абандо́н, покида́ние, оставле́ниеRussian
  • pagpapabayâTagalog
  • абандон, залишення, відмоваUkrainian

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