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: an intentional abandonment
: the state of being abandoned
: a recession of water leaving permanently dry land
: intentional or conscious neglect : delinquency
dereliction of duty
: fault, shortcoming
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carelessness, heedlessness, incaution, incautiousness, laxness, neglectfulness, negligence, slackness
care, carefulness, caution, cautiousness, heedfulness
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1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1a
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: the act of no longer caring for, using, or doing something : the act of abandoning something
: the condition of being no longer cared for
law : failure to do your job or duty : failure to do what you should do
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: a state of being abandoned
: an intentional or conscious neglect
dereliction of duty
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alleviating pain or harshness
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