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ABANDONMENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does abandonment mean? 

ABANDONMENT (noun)
  The noun ABANDONMENT has 3 senses:

1. the act of giving something up
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

  Familiarity information: ABANDONMENT used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ABANDONMENT (noun)


Sense 1abandonment [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of giving something up

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

abandonment; desertion; forsaking

Hypernyms ("abandonment" is a kind of...):

rejection (the act of rejecting something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "abandonment"):

exposure (abandoning without shelter or protection (as by leaving as infant out in the open))

apostasy; tergiversation (the act of abandoning a party or cause)

bolt (a sudden abandonment (as from a political party))


Sense 2abandonment [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Withdrawing support or help despite allegiance or responsibility

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

defection; desertion; abandonment

Context example:

his abandonment of his wife and children left them penniless

Hypernyms ("abandonment" is a kind of...):

withdrawal (the act of withdrawing)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "abandonment"):

abscondment; decampment (the act of running away secretly (as to avoid arrest))

absence without leave; unauthorized absence (unauthorized military absence)

deviationism (ideological defection from the party line (especially from orthodox communism))


Sense 3abandonment [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The voluntary surrender of property (or a right to property) without attempting to reclaim it or give it away

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("abandonment" is a kind of...):

disposal; disposition (the act or means of getting rid of something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "abandonment"):

discard; throwing away (getting rid something that is regarded as useless or undesirable)

discard ((cards) the act of throwing out a useless card or to failing to follow suit)


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