Associations to the word «Abandonment»


ABANDONMENT, noun. The act of abandoning, or the state of being abandoned; total desertion; relinquishment. [Late 16th century.]
ABANDONMENT, noun. The voluntary leaving of a person to whom one is bound by a special relation, as a wife, husband or child; desertion.
ABANDONMENT, noun. An abandoned building or structure.
ABANDONMENT, noun. (legal) 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.]
ABANDONMENT, noun. (legal) 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.]
ABANDONMENT, noun. The cessation of service on a particular segment of the lines of a common carrier, as granted by a government agency.
ABANDONMENT, noun. A refusal to receive freight so damaged in transit as to be worthless and render carrier liable for its value.
ABANDONMENT, noun. The self-surrender to an outside influence. [Mid 19th century.]
ABANDONMENT, noun. Abandon; careless freedom or ease; surrender to one's emotions. [Mid 19th century.]

Dictionary definition

ABANDONMENT, noun. The act of giving something up.
ABANDONMENT, noun. Withdrawing support or help despite allegiance or responsibility; "his abandonment of his wife and children left them penniless".
ABANDONMENT, noun. The voluntary surrender of property (or a right to property) without attempting to reclaim it or give it away.

Wise words

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