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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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