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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. See desertion.
  11. 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.
  12. Total desertion; absence of self- restraint or control.
  13. Act of abandoning: state of being given up.
  14. Desertion; renunciation; state of being given up.
  15. The act of abandoning, or the state of being abandoned; a giving up; yielding ( of oneself).
  16. The act of abandoning, or state of being abandoned.
  17. A giving up wholly; a total desertion.
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Quotes of abandonment

  1. The recognition of the art that informs all pure science need not mean the abandonment for it of all present art, rather it will mean the completion of the transformation of art that has already begun. – John Desmond Bernal
  2. From that date the abandonment of the older State proceeded with a rapidity never before known, and with it grew the domestic slave trade and the pro -slavery feeling. – Henry Charles Carey
  3. I am not so different in my history of abandonment from anyone else after all. We have all been split away from the earth, each other, ourselves. – Susan Griffin
  4. I believe the best service to the child is the service closest to the child, and children who are victims of neglect, abuse, or abandonment must not also be victims of bureaucracy. They deserve our devoted attention, not our divided attention. – Kenny Guinn
  5. The repudiation of the primacy of understanding means the repudiation of the norms of judgment as well, and hence the abandonment of all ethical standards. – Johan Huizinga
  6. To the totality of purposes of the perfect Law there belong the abandonment depreciation, and restraint of desires in so far as possible. – Maimonides
  7. You can't put abandonment and alienation under arrest. – Carrie P. Meek
  8. I've overcome neglect and deprivation, abandonment and abuse. – Tatum O'Neal
  9. Race hate isn't human nature; race hate is the abandonment of human nature. – Orson Welles
  10. It became a metaphor for the lives of the people in this film and for the Old West, for the abandonment that occurred in the early part of the 20th century. – Dwight Yoakam

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 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
  3. Lack of emotional abandonment is our great deficiency. – Another Sheaf by John Galsworthy
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. The sobs were not loud, but the sound reached him distinctly through the frail door between the two rooms; it expressed an utter abandonment to grief; not the cloud- burst of some passing emotion, but the slow down- pour of a whole heaven of sorrow. – The Greater Inclination by Edith Wharton
  9. " How do I know that she's not being told some story of my abandonment of her? – The Passionate Friends by Herbert George Wells
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. That was the real death, the death of an inconceivable abandonment – My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year by John Henry Jowett
  13. 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
  14. He knew only that he had made her cry, that her abandonment of grief was due to his acts, and her father's. – The Last Woman by Ross Beeckman
  15. Then, as he went from them, the abandonment of Mrs. Rickards and Mrs. Levitt to disgraceful laughter. – Mr. Waddington of Wyck by May Sinclair
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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