verb ab·scond \ab-ˈskänd, əb-\

: to go away or escape from a place secretly

: to go away and take something that does not belong to you

Full Definition of ABSCOND

intransitive verb
:  to depart secretly and hide oneself
ab·scond·er noun

Examples of ABSCOND

  1. The suspect absconded to Canada.
  2. Several prisoners absconded from the jail.

Origin of ABSCOND

Latin abscondere to hide away, from abs- + condere to store up, conceal — more at condiment
First Known Use: circa 1578

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi


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