desertion

noun de·ser·tion \ di-ˈzər-shən \
|Updated on: 21 Jun 2018

Definition of desertion

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 : a state of being deserted or forsaken

Examples of desertion in a Sentence

  1. the soldiers were imprisoned for desertion of their posts

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First Known Use of desertion

1591

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Law Dictionary

desertion

noun de·ser·tion

legal Definition of desertion

: 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
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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