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desertion

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noun de·ser·tion \di-ˈzər-shən\

Definition of desertion

  1. 1 :  an act of deserting; especially :  the abandonment without consent or legal justification of a person, post, or relationship and the associated duties and obligations <sued for divorce on grounds of desertion>

  2. 2 :  a state of being deserted or forsaken



Examples of desertion in a sentence

  1. <the soldiers were imprisoned for desertion of their posts>



1591

First Known Use of desertion

1591


Law Dictionary

desertion

noun de·ser·tion

Legal Definition of desertion

  1. :  the forsaking of a person, post, or relationship: as a :  permanent withdrawal from living with one's spouse without the spouse's consent and without cause or justification Editor's note: Desertion is a ground for divorce in many states. b :  intentional permanent termination of custody over one's child; also :  abandonment c :  abandonment of military duty without leave and without the intent to return





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