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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 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 previewMission, Ministry, Order (2008)

Reading the Tradition in the Present Context by David N. Power, O.M.I.

Social abandonment is the name for the situation of those who have been little helped by current political and economic...

Existential abandonment is a reality experienced quite widely and MISSION AND MINISTRY SINCE VATICAN II (A) 27.

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 previewRepresentations of Childhood and Youth in Early China (2004)

by Anne Behnke Kinney

Infant abandonment is a recurring theme in Han biographical writing, and if these accounts accurately reflect contemporary practices, the disposal of unwanted newborns must have been a common feature of Han culture.1 But to judge from ...

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 American and English Encyclopedia of Law and Practice (1910)

Abandonment May mm: though Wife Leaves Husband. —'- There may be abandonment or desertion by the husband entitling the wife to alimony or maintenance even where the wife leaves the husband and not the husband the wife, provided ...

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 previewEncyclopedia of Iowa Law (1914)

Being a Plain Statement of the Law of Iowa So Far as it Affects the People in Their Business, Domestic and Social Relations ... by Ezra Christian Ebersole

Where another home was purchased and occupied for a short time, but no payments thereon were made, it was held that this fact did not show an abandonment, where the clear preponderance was to the effect that the party did not intend an ...

Google previewCampbell's Psychiatric Dictionary (2009)

by Robert Jean Campbell

abandonment Discontinuation of treatment by the ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of United States Supreme Court Reports (1913)

Being a Complete Encyclopedia of All the Case Law of the Federal Supreme Court Up to and Including Volume 206 U.S. Supreme Court Reports (book 51 Lawyers' Edition)

Abandonment or forfeiture of mining claims.—There may be a distinction between the abandonment of a claim and its forfeiture, but no distinction was intended in § 3241, Rev. Stat. Arizona, providing for “the relocation ...

Google previewA Compendious and Comprehensive Law Dictionary (1816)

Elucidating the Terms, and General Principles of Law and Equity by Thomas Walter Williams

ABANDONMENT. wifhont paving oyer of the writ, and shewing such a. OP AB, W>,enlbe name of a place begins with A1!, it denotes that either the place be- haped rosutne abbey, or that an abbey was founded there : thus Abingdon ...

Google previewA Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States of America and of the Several States of the American Union (1871)

With References to the Civil and Other Systems of Foreign Law by John Bouvier, Daniel Angell Gleason

AB INITIO ABANDONMENT vcnient. An argument ab inconvenient* is an argument drawn from the hardship of the case. AB INITIO (Lat. initium, beginning) . From the beginning ; entirely ; as to all the acts done ; in the inception. An estate may ...

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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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