English [ edit ]
Etymology [ edit ]
French , from abandonnement abandonner ( “ to abandon, relinquish ” ). was originally equivalent to abandonner mettre à bandon ( “ to leave to the jurisdiction, i.e. of another ” ), being from bandon Medieval Latin , bandum bannum ( “ order, decree, ban ” ) (See also English .) banns
Pronunciation [ edit ]
abandonment ( , countable and uncountable plural ) abandonments
The act of
abandoning, or the state of being abandoned; total desertion; relinquishment. [Late 16 th century.]
1790-1800, Edmund Burke, : Letters on a Regicide Peace
To what are we reserved? An adequate compensation "for the sacrifice of powers the most nearly connected with us;"— an adequate compensation "for the direct or indirect annexation to France ot all the ports of the continent, from Dunkirk to Hamburgh;"— an adequate compensation "for the abandonment of the independence of Europe!" 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. An abandoned
building or structure.
High-profile abandonments are harder to infiltrate for urban explorers due to their heightened security.
( 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 19 th century.] 
( 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 19 th century.]  The
cessation of service on a particular segment of the lines of a common carrier, as granted by a government agency. A
refusal to receive freight so damaged in transit as to be worthless and render carrier liable for its value. The self-surrender to an outside influence.
[Mid 19 th century.] 
Abandon; careless freedom or ease; surrender to one's emotions. [Mid 19 th century.]
2008, Jake Brown, Heart: In the Studio:
Roger, in terms of the strengths he brought to the band, was wild abandonment. So if Howard was in the pocket, Roger was bouncing off the walls, and Nancy was somewhere in the middle.
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maritime law: relinquishment of a property to underwriters
relinquishment of a right, claim or privilege
voluntary leaving of a person
refusal to receive freight
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↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 , ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 2