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Definitions of abandonment

  1. the act of giving something up
  2. withdrawing support or help despite allegiance or responsibility; " his abandonment of his wife and children left them penniless"
  3. the voluntary surrender of property ( or a right to property) without attempting to reclaim it or give it away
  4. The act of abandoning, or the state of being abandoned; total desertion; relinquishment.
  5. 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.
  6. The relinquishment of a right, claim, or privilege, as to mill site, etc.
  7. The voluntary leaving of a person to whom one is bound by a special relation, as a wife, husband, or child; desertion.
  8. Careless freedom or ease; abandon.
  9. A parent's failure to provide any financial assistance to or communicate with his or her child over a period of time. When this happens, a court may deem the child abandoned by that parent and order that person's parental rights terminated. Abandonment also describes situations in which a child is physically abandoned -- for example, left on a doorstep, delivered to a hospital or put in a trash can. Physically abandoned children are usually placed in orphanages and made available for adoption.
  10. A situation in which the owner of a trademark or service mark does not use the mark for an extended period of time, fails to protest the unauthorized use of the mark by others or lets others use the mark without adequate supervision. If a trademark is abandoned, the owner loses her exclusive rights to the mark.
  11. Total desertion; absence of self- restraint or control.
  12. Act of abandoning: state of being given up.
  13. Desertion; renunciation; state of being given up.
  14. The act of abandoning, or the state of being abandoned; a giving up; yielding ( of oneself).
  15. The act of abandoning, or state of being abandoned.
  16. A giving up wholly; a total desertion.
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Usage examples for abandonment

  1. They lit the cigars and at the first taste of the smoke- and they were not good cigars- an almost human expression of peace and good- will and utter abandonment to joy spread over their yellow skins and cracked lips and fever- lit eyes. – Notes of a War Correspondent by Richard Harding Davis
  2. He must provide stimulus for his imagination; his nature demands food for reverie, point for ecstasy, for delicious self- abandonment, for bedazzlement with ideal beauty, and the garden shall supply him with these whatever the cost to the materials employed. – Garden-Craft Old and New by John D. Sedding
  3. " How do I know that she's not being told some story of my abandonment of her? – The Passionate Friends by Herbert George Wells
  4. The bond of a common grievance against the English foe was created by the gradual abandonment of the policy of setting clan against clan in favour of impartial confiscation of land from friendly as well as from hostile chiefs. – Ireland In The New Century by Horace Plunkett
  5. He put his arms about her and presently she leaned against him and wept with complete abandonment. – Judith of the Godless Valley by Honoré Willsie
  6. That is, for the abandonment of the weakness and the danger of the imperfect Confederation, and the adoption of the constitutional and formal establishment of Federal power. – Trial of the Officers and Crew of the Privateer Savannah, on the Charge of Piracy, in the United States Circuit Court for the Southern District of New York by A. F. Warburton
  7. Lack of emotional abandonment is our great deficiency. – Another Sheaf by John Galsworthy
  8. He was crossing the ocean without her and she would read into it a sort of abandonment that would hurt and wound her. – The Law of Hemlock Mountain by Hugh Lundsford
  9. After a long while he went away again with the same anxious care to make no noise, and she, with a movement of utter abandonment to woe, turned over and cried herself sick. – The Princess Priscilla's Fortnight by Elizabeth von Arnim
  10. The unfortunate state of her health- there Alma smiled- moved him to sympathy and profound regret; her abandonment of a professional career could not, must not, be a final decision! – The Whirlpool by George Gissing
  11. It was on the abandonment of his own labours that Steve's attention was at once drawn to others going on beyond the wall of the stockade. – The Heart of Unaga by Ridgwell Cullum
  12. A common reason recently advanced by the majority of southern negroes for the abandonment of their homes was the desire to escape from the oppressive social system of their section. – Negro Migration during the War by Emmett J. Scott
  13. Then, as he went from them, the abandonment of Mrs. Rickards and Mrs. Levitt to disgraceful laughter. – Mr. Waddington of Wyck by May Sinclair
  14. That was the real death, the death of an inconceivable abandonment. – My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year by John Henry Jowett
  15. He gives the same grace to others, according to the measure of their abandonment of themselves into the hands of His Majesty, that He may do with them as He will. – The Life of St. Teresa of Jesus by Teresa of Avila
  16. During his lifetime the insured may abandon his contract by refusing to pay the premiums, but an intention to abandon will not be presumed, nor will the taking out of a second policy before his failure to pay the premiums on the other establish an abandonment. – Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman by Albert Sidney Bolles
  17. Her words, her tears, her utter self- abandonment of voice and manner, annihilated in one instant the restraint in which he had held himself for months. – The Old Gray Homestead by Frances Parkinson Keyes
  18. The example commenced in the highest places, of an entire abandonment of all the outward trappings of grief which had been wont to be displayed, and of all luxury in dress, which extended over the whole community. – The Portland Sketch Book by Various
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