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From abandon, from French abandonné (immoral) past participle of abandonner.[1]



abandoned (comparative more abandoned, superlative most abandoned)

  1. Having given oneself up to vice; immoral; extremely wicked, or sinning without restraint; irreclaimably wicked. [First attested from 1350 to 1470][2]
    • 1876, Alexander Davidson, A Complete History of Illinois from 1673 to 1884 (page 232)
      Such immunity to offenders offered a safe asylum to the vilest and most abandoned scoundrels.
  2. No longer maintained by its former owners, residents, or caretakers; forsaken, deserted. [Late 15th century][2]
    • (Can we date this quote?), Thomson, (Please provide the book title or journal name):
      [] your abandoned streams []
  3. Free from constraint; uninhibited. [Late 17th century][2]
  4. (geology) No longer being acted upon by the geologic forces that formed it.


Derived terms[edit]




  1. simple past tense and past participle of abandon


  1. ^ Elliott K. Dobbie, C. William Dunmore, Robert K. Barnhart, et al. (editors), Chambers Dictionary of Etymology (Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd, 2004 [1998], →ISBN), page 2
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 “abandoned” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, →ISBN, page 2.