Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of abandoning, or the state of being abandoned; absolute relinquishment; total desertion.
  • noun Abandon; enthusiasm; freedom from constraint.
  • noun In law: The relinquishment of a possession, privilege, or claim.
  • noun The voluntary leaving of a person to whom one is bound by a relationship of obligation, as a wife, husband, or child; desertion.
  • noun In maritime law, the surrender of a ship and freight by the owner to one who has become his creditor through contracts made by the latter with the master of the ship. In effect such an abandonment may release the owner from further responsibility.
  • noun In marine insurance, the relinquishing to underwriters of all the property saved from loss by shipwreck, capture, or other peril provided against in the policy, in order that the insured may be entitled to indemnification for a total loss.
  • noun In the customs, the giving up of an article by the importer to avoid payment of the duty.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of abandoning, or the state of being abandoned; total desertion; relinquishment.
  • noun (Mar. Law) The relinquishment by the insured to the underwriters of what may remain of the property insured after a loss or damage by a peril insured against.
  • noun The relinquishment of a right, claim, or privilege, as to mill site, etc.
  • noun The voluntary leaving of a person to whom one is bound by a special relation, as a wife, husband, or child; desertion.
  • noun rare Careless freedom or ease; abandon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The voluntary leaving of a person to whom one is bound by a special relation, as a wife, husband or child; desertion.
  • noun The cessation of service on a particular segment of the lines of a common carrier, as granted by a government agency.
  • noun A refusal to receive freight so damaged in transit as to be worthless and render carrier liable for its value.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the voluntary surrender of property (or a right to property) without attempting to reclaim it or give it away
  • noun the act of giving something up
  • noun withdrawing support or help despite allegiance or responsibility

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French abandonnement, from abandonner ("to abandon, relinquish"); abandonner was originally equivalent to mettre à bandon ("to leave to the jurisdiction, i.e. of another"), bandon being from Medieval Latin bandum, bannum ("order, decree, ban") (See also English banns.)

Examples

  • The women broke into a wailing chant, swaying backward and forward in abandonment, while one by one the men succumbed to the excitement till only Sime remained.

    THE MASTER OF MYSTERY

  • Whether abandonment is caused by death or a willing disregard seems a moot point if you're the child.

    Are They All Orphans?, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • Clinton said when asked why he did what he did "Because I could" similarly the prevalence of father-abandonment is because more men can leave.

    Ingrid Hill - An interview with author

  • I keep hearing about this McCain abandonment thing, so I decided to Google it.

    The Early Word: Examining the Edwards Delay - The Caucus Blog - NYTimes.com

  • The women broke into a wailing chant, swaying backward and forward in abandonment, while one by one the men succumbed to the excitement till only Sime remained.

    The Master of Mystery

  • But Tamte isn't atop a soapbox regaling a tale of sudden abandonment from the Japanese publisher, saying that Konami was very honest about its position, though he recalls how surprised his team was when they found out they had lost funding.

    Joystiq

  • But Tamte isn't atop a soapbox regaling a tale of sudden abandonment from the Japanese publisher, saying that Konami was very honest about its position, though he recalls how surprised his team was when they found out they had lost funding.

    Joystiq

  • But Tamte isn't atop a soapbox regaling a tale of sudden abandonment from the Japanese publisher, saying that Konami was very honest about its position, though he recalls how surprised his team was when they found out they had lost funding.

    Joystiq [PlayStation]

  • But Tamte isn't atop a soapbox regaling a tale of sudden abandonment from the Japanese publisher, saying that Konami was very honest about its position, though he recalls how surprised his team was when they found out they had lost funding.

    Joystiq

  • But Tamte isn't atop a soapbox regaling a tale of sudden abandonment from the Japanese publisher, saying that Konami was very honest about its position, though he recalls how surprised his team was when they found out they had lost funding.

    Joystiq

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  • JM is sad about an abandonment of orphans

    May 26, 2010