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Abandonment is a member of the word family abandon, included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun abandonment

What does abandonment mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: abandonments

  1. the act of giving something up
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of abandonment: desertion / forsaking
    • more generic word: rejection = the act of rejecting something
    • more specific words:
  2. withdrawing support or help despite allegiance or responsibility
  3. the voluntary surrender of property (or a right to property) without attempting to reclaim it or give it away
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: disposal / disposition = the act or means of getting rid of something
    • more specific terms:
      • throwing away / discard = getting rid something that is regarded as useless or undesirable
      • discard = the act of throwing out a useless card or of failing to follow suit

Alternative definition of the noun abandonment


  1. The act of abandoning, or the state of being abandoned; total desertion; relinquishment.
  2. [context: maritime legal] 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.
  3. [context: common legal] The relinquishment of a right, claim or privilege, as to mill site, etc.
  4. [context: common legal] The voluntary leaving of a person to whom one is bound by a special relation, as a wife, husband or child; desertion.
  5. The cessation of service on a particular segment of the lines of a common carrier by railroad.
  6. A refusal to receive freight so damaged in transit as to be worthless and render carrier liable for its value.
  7. [rare] Careless freedom or ease; abandon.


Abandonment is a record label.


  1. Abandonment: In law, abandonment is the relinquishment, giving up or renunciation of an interest, claim, civil proceedings, appeal, privilege, possession, or right, especially with the intent of never again resuming or reasserting it. Such intentional action may take the form of a discontinuance or a waiver. This broad meaning has a number of applications in different branches of law. In common law jurisdictions, both common law abandonment and statutory abandonment of property may be recognized.
  2. Abandonment: Emotional abandonment is a subjective emotional state in which people feel undesired, left behind, insecure, or discarded. People experiencing emotional abandonment may feel at loss, cut off from a crucial source of sustenance that has been withdrawn either suddenly or through a process of erosion. In a classic abandonment scenario, the severance of the emotional bond is unilateral, that is, it is the object of one’s attachment that has chosen to break the connection. Feeling rejected, a significant component of emotional abandonment, has a biological impact in that it activates the physical pain centers in the brain and can leave an emotional imprint in the brain’s warning system. Abandonment has been a staple of poetry and literature since ancient times. According to Roy Baumeister, unrequited love is a common experience, particularly in youth, but affects people throughout their life.
  3. Abandonment, in philosophy, refers to the infinite freedom of humanity without the existence of a condemning or omnipotent higher power. Original existentialism explores the liminal experiences of anxiety, death, "the nothing" and nihilism; the rejection of science as an adequate framework for understanding human being; and the introduction of "authenticity" as the norm of self-identity, tied to the project of self-definition through freedom, choice, and commitment. Existential thought bases itself fundamentally in the idea that one's identity is constituted neither by nature nor by culture, since to "exist" is precisely to constitute such an identity. It is from this foundation that one can begin to understand abandonment and forlornness.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Abandonment

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Google previewFresh Wind Blowing (2013)

Living in God's New Pentecost by Steve Harper

Abandonment is the fundamental term to describe what the Bible means when it tells us to work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Phil 2:12). Abandonment is the engagement of the will in ways that enables us to respond to the grace ...

Google previewModern American Law (1915)

A Systematic and Comprehensive Commentary on the Fundamental Principles of American Law and Procedure, Accompanied by Leading Illustrative Cases and Legal Forms, with a Rev. Ed. of Blackstone's Commentaries by Eugene Allen Gilmore, William Charles Wermuth

Abandonment is either actual or constructive. Actual abandonment is the result of intention. Constructive abandonment is the result of some statute acting without regard to ...

Google previewWhen Corporations Leave Town (2000)

The Costs and Benefits of Metropolitan Job Sprawl by Joseph Persky, Wim Wiewel

Housing Abandonment Housing abandonment is a serious problem in the central city and many inner suburbs. Abandoned structures tend to deteriorate rapidly and easily become the focus for drugs and crime — obvious social costs. Even a ...

Google previewThe Faces of Satan (2012)

Exposing His Limited Power by Karen Foyil

Abandonment is an emotion Satan uses to break us away—causing us to rely on emotions to lead us instead of being led by our relationship with God.

Abandonment is a lack of one's needs being met or the lack of emotional nurturing.

Google previewThe Abandonment of Settlements and Regions (1996)

Ethnoarchaeological and Archaeological Approaches by Catherine M. Cameron, Steve A. Tomka

Understanding abandonment is a case in point. As the papers in this volume show, the term...

Google previewA Great Aridness (2011)

Climate Change and the Future of the American Southwest by William deBuys

Abandonment is a theme shared by all the Southwest's ancient civilizations—the Hohokam, the Mogollon, and the Casas Grandes peoples, as well as the vast group popularly known as the Anasazi, who include the Mesa Verdeans and ...

Google previewAbandonment to Divine Providence (2007)

by Jean-Pierre De Caussade

Abandonment is a virtue the entire merit of which cannot be acquired unless the possession of it is unrealised. Go on in peace, then, in the midst of your fears, pains, and obscurities, and put your whole trust in God above all knowledge, and all ...

Google previewNCLEX-PN Exam Cram (2014)

by Wilda Rinehart, Diann Sloan, Clara Hurd

Glossary A abandonment Abandonment is the act of leaving after.

Google previewA New Law Dictionary and Institute of the Whole Law (1874)

For the Use of Students, the Legal Profession, and the Public by Archibald Brown

also, the abandonment of a distress or of an execution, for the law as to which see titles Distress and Execttion : also, the abandonment of the excess of a claim in order to give jurisdicfion to the County Court, ...

Google previewThe Sartre Dictionary (2008)

by Gary Cox

__ abandonment Following Heidegger, Sartre argues that humankind is abandoned in the world. This is not to say humankind has been abandoned in the sense of 'left behind' or 'neglected' by something or someone — for Sartre, there is ...

Google previewThe Dream Encyclopedia (2009)

by James R Lewis, Evelyn Dorothy Oliver

Abandonment Dreams of being abandoned may simply reflect one's actual situation (e.g., as in the case of someone being divorced) or arise from fears of being deserted or rejected. Similarly, such dreams may occur around the time of the ...

Google previewMental Health and Mental Disorders: An Encyclopedia of Conditions, Treatments, and Well-Being [3 volumes] (2015)

An Encyclopedia of Conditions, Treatments, and Well-Being by Len Sperry

Abandonment is a psychological concept that defines a set of emotional reactions and behavioral responses to perceptions of rejection or loss in personal relationships. Description Abandonment, sometimes referred to as “ abandonment ...

Google previewCampbell's Psychiatric Dictionary (2009)

by Robert Jean Campbell

abandonment Discontinuation of treatment by the ...

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I've overcome neglect and deprivation, abandonment and abuse. (Tatum O'Neal)
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Scrabble value of A1B3A1N1D2O1N1M3E1N1T1

The value of this 11-letter word is 16 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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