- (noun) The voluntary leaving of a person to whom one is bound by a special relation, as a wife, husband or child; desertion.
- (noun) The cessation of service on a particular segment of the lines of a common carrier, as granted by a government agency.
- (noun) A refusal to receive freight so damaged in transit as to be worthless and render carrier liable for its value.
"Whether abandonment is caused by death or a willing disregard seems a moot point if you're the child."
"The women broke into a wailing chant, swaying backward and forward in abandonment, while one by one the men succumbed to the excitement till only Sime remained."
"Clinton said when asked why he did what he did "Because I could" similarly the prevalence of father-abandonment is because more men can leave."
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