Synonyms and Antonyms of abandonment

  1. 1 carefree freedom from constraint <sang at the top of her lungs with complete abandonment in the shower> Synonyms abandon, ease, lightheartedness, naturalness, spontaneity, spontaneousness, unconstraint, uninhibitedness, unrestraintRelated Words ardor, enthusiasm, exuberance, fervor, spirit, warmth, zeal, zealotry, zealousness; carelessness, heedlessness, impulsiveness, impulsivity, indiscretion, insouciance, recklessness, thoughtlessness; unself-consciousness; casualness, offhandedness; excess, excessiveness, immoderacy, incontinence, indulgence, intemperance, licentiousness, permissiveness, wantonness, wildness; blank check, carte blanche, free handNear Antonyms embarrassment, reserve, reticence, self-consciousness, uneasiness; inhibition, repression, self-restraint, suppression; carefulness, discreetness, discretion, heedfulness; discipline, self-command, self-control, self-denial, self-discipline, self-mastery, willpowerAntonyms constraint, restraint

  2. 2 the act of abandoning <the law says abandonment by the owner of any building for more than a year entitles the city to sell it> Synonyms dereliction, desertion, forsakingRelated Words defection; tergiversation; discard, dumping, jettisoningNear Antonyms retention; recoupment, repossession, retrievalAntonyms reclamation

  3. 3 the act of putting an end to something planned or previously agreed to <the park commissioner cited cost considerations as the main reason for the project's abandonment> Synonyms cancellation, abortion, calling, calling off, dropping, recall, recision, repeal, rescission, revocationRelated Words annulment, invalidation, neutralization, nullification, voidance; abolishment, abolition, ending, halting, stopping, termination; giving up, relinquishment, surrender; reversal, rollbackNear Antonyms beginning, commencement, initiation; engagement, undertakingAntonyms continuation

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