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Webster 1913 Edition


Abandonment

A-ban′don-ment

(-ment)
,
Noun.
[Cf. F.
abandonnement
.]
1.
The act of abandoning, or the state of being abandoned; total desertion; relinquishment.
The
abandonment
of the independence of Europe.
Burke.
2.
(Mar. 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.
3.
(Com. Law)
(a)
The relinquishment of a right, claim, or privilege, as to mill site, etc.
(b)
The voluntary leaving of a person to whom one is bound by a special relation, as a wife, husband, or child; desertion.
4.
Careless freedom or ease; abandon.
[R.]
Carlyle.

Webster 1828 Edition


Abandonment

ABAN'DONMENT

,
Noun.
1.
A total desertion; a state of being forsaken.
2.
In commerce, the relinquishing to underwriters all the property saved from loss by shipwreck, capture or other peril stated in the policy. This abandonment must be made before the insured can demand indemnification for a total loss.

Definition 2022


abandonment

abandonment

English

Noun

abandonment (countable and uncountable, plural abandonments)

  1. The act of abandoning, or the state of being abandoned; total desertion; relinquishment. [Late 16th century.][1]
    • 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!"
  2. 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.
  3. An abandoned building or structure.
    High-profile abandonments are harder to infiltrate for urban explorers due to their heightened security.
  4. (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 19th century.][1]
  5. (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 19th century.][1]
  6. The cessation of service on a particular segment of the lines of a common carrier, as granted by a government agency.
  7. A refusal to receive freight so damaged in transit as to be worthless and render carrier liable for its value.
  8. The self-surrender to an outside influence. [Mid 19th century.][1]
  9. Abandon; careless freedom or ease; surrender to one's emotions. [Mid 19th century.][1]
    • 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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  1. 1 2 3 4 5 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 2