from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or an instance of deserting.
- n. The state of being deserted.
- n. Law Willful abandonment of one's spouse or children or both without their consent and with the intention of forsaking all legal obligations to them.
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- n. The act of deserting.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of deserting or forsaking; abandonment of a service, a cause, a party, a friend, or any post of duty; the quitting of one's duties willfully and without right; esp., an absconding from military or naval service.
- n. The state of being forsaken; desolation.
- n. Abandonment by God; spiritual despondency.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of forsaking or abandoning, as a party, a friend, a cause, or the post of duty; the act of quitting without leave, and with an intention not to return.
- n. The state of being deserted or forsaken.
- n. The state of being forsaken by God; spiritual despondency.
- n. In law, a wilful abandonment of an employment or a duty, in violation of a legal or moral obligation. Bigelow, Ch. J.
- n. In botany Same as lipoxeny.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. withdrawing support or help despite allegiance or responsibility
- n. the act of giving something up
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