abandonment

noun aban·don·ment \ ə-ˈban-dən-mənt \

Definition of abandonment

1 : the act of abandoning something or someone
  • In its family and social contexts, he argues, the abandonment of children was, if not a "good thing," at least the most feasible means of family limitation during the many centuries when other methods were largely ineffective or, in the case of Christians, prohibited.
  • —Mary Martin McLaughlin
2 : the state of being abandoned
  • fear of abandonment
  • The opulence of her life as an expat wife failed to soothe her feelings of abandonment, boredom and oppression.
  • —Bob Shacochis
sometimes used before another noun
  • abandonment issues

First Known Use of abandonment

1593

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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abandonment

noun aban·don·ment

legal Definition of abandonment

1 : the act of abandoning property or a right: as
a : relinquishment by an inventor of the right to enforce a patent — see also dedication
b : an author's relinquishment to the public domain of his or her copyrighted work
c : relinquishment of a trademark established by a failure to use the trademark and an intention never to resume use
d : the act of an insured in surrendering all rights to damaged or lost property to an insurer as a total loss — compare salvage 2b
e : relinquishment by a trustee in bankruptcy of interest in property in the bankruptcy estate often for a nominal sum
2 : the act of abandoning a person: as
a : failure to have contact with a spouse that is intended to create a permanent separation
b : failure to communicate with or provide financial support for one's child over a period of time that shows a purpose to forgo parental duties and rights
3 : the act of abandoning a contract
4 a : the act of abandoning a course of action (as a crime)
b : the affirmative defense (as recognized under the Model Penal Code) of voluntary withdrawal from the commission of a crime resulting from the actor's change of heart and not from intervening circumstances


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