Definitions of abandonment

  1. the act of giving something up Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the voluntary surrender of property (or a right to property) without attempting to reclaim it or give it away Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. The act of abandoning, or the state of being abandoned; total desertion; relinquishment. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. The relinquishment of a right, claim, or privilege, as to mill site, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. The voluntary leaving of a person to whom one is bound by a special relation, as a wife, husband, or child; desertion. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Careless freedom or ease; abandon. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Total desertion; absence of self-restraint or control. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. Act of abandoning: state of being given up. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  12. Desertion; renunciation; state of being given up. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  13. The act of abandoning, or the state of being abandoned; a giving up; yielding (of oneself). The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. The act of abandoning, or state of being abandoned. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  15. A giving up wholly; a total desertion. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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