- The voluntary leaving of a person to whom one is bound by a special relation, as a wife, husband or child; desertion.
"Since he left her, she's suing him for divorce on grounds of abandonment."
- (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. [Early 19th century.]
- The self-surrender to an outside influence. [Mid 19th century.]
- The act of abandoning, or the state of being abandoned; total desertion; relinquishment. [Late 16th century.]
- (law) The relinquishment of a right, claim, or privilege; relinquishment of right to secure a patent by an inventor; relinquishment of copyright by an author. [Early 19th century.]
- A refusal to receive freight so damaged in transit as to be worthless and render carrier liable for its value.
- An abandoned building or structure.
"High-profile abandonments are harder to infiltrate for urban explorers due to their heightened security."
- The cessation of service on a particular segment of the lines of a common carrier, as granted by a government agency.
- Abandon; careless freedom or ease; surrender to one's emotions. [Mid 19th century.]