• 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.]
  • 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.]

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