Definition of "abandonment" [a•ban•don•ment]

  • 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. (noun)

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Use "abandonment" in a sentence
  • "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."