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Definition of Abandonment

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deserting, forsaking, giving up, letting go
Abandonment Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
The voluntary leaving of a person to whom one is bound by a special relation, as a wife, husband, or child; desertion.
The relinquishment of a right, claim, or privilege, as to mill site, etc.
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.
The act of abandoning, or the state of being abandoned; total desertion; relinquishment.
Careless freedom or ease; abandon.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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abandoner \a*ban"don*er\ (&adot;*băn"dŭn*&etilde;r), n. one who abandons. & fl.

  similar words(1) 

 malicious abandonment 
1.The act of giving something up eg. there was aconsiderable outrage at the abandonement of the election.
2.desertation eg. Life, misfortune, isolation, abandonment,poverty, are the fields of battle which have their heroes; obscure heroes, who are, sometimes, grander than the heroes who win renown .
WordNet 2.0

1. the act of giving something up
(synonym) forsaking, desertion
(hypernym) rejection
(hyponym) exposure
(derivation) abandon, give up
2. withdrawing support or help despite allegiance or responsibility; "his abandonment of his wife and children left them penniless"
(synonym) desertion, defection
(hypernym) withdrawal
(hyponym) abscondment, decampment
(derivation) abandon, forsake, desolate, desert
3. the voluntary surrender of property (or a right to property) without attempting to reclaim it or give it away
(hypernym) disposal, disposition
(hyponym) discard, throwing away
(derivation) abandon
Abandonment Definition from Business & Finance Dictionaries & Glossaries
Campbell R. Harvey's Hypertextual Finance Glossary
Controlling party giving up rights to property voluntarily.
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Abandonment Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
Abandon, abandoned, or abandonment may refer to:
  • Abandonment (emotional), a subjective emotional state in which people feel undesired, left behind, insecure, or discarded
  • Abandonment (existentialism), the existentialist idea that humanity is abandoned in existence and must find its own meaning
  • Abandonment (legal), a legal term regarding property
    • Lost, mislaid, and abandoned property, legal status of property after abandonment and rediscovery
  • Abandonment (mysticism)
  • Abandoned footwear
  • Abandoned pets
  • Abandoned railway
  • Abandoned village, a human habitat that has been abandoned
  • Child abandonment, the extralegal abandonment of children
  • Mate abandonment, in animal behavior, where one parent deserts the other

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Abandonment Definition from Law Dictionaries & Glossaries
The 'Lectric Law Library
The intent and subsequent actions of a tenant that indicate that the tenant has given up the leased premises. Examples include an empty apartment, a return of keys, and utilities turned off.

In insurances the act by which the insured relinquishes to the assurer all the property to the thing insured.
    No particular form is required for an abandonment, nor need it be in writing; but it must be explicit and absolute, and must set forth the reasons upon which it is founded.
    It must also be made in reasonable time after the loss.
    It is not in every case of loss that the insured can abandon. In the following cases an abandonment may be made: when there is a total loss; when the voyage is lost or not worth pursuing, by reason of a peril insured against or if the cargo be so damaged as to be of little or no value; or where the salvage is very high, and further expense be necessary, and the insurer will not engage to bear it or if what is saved is of less value than the freight; or where the damage exceeds one half of the value of the goods insured or where the property is captured, or even detained by an indefinite embargo ; and in cases of a like nature.
    The abandonment, when legally made transfers from the insured to the insurer the property in the thing insured, and obliges him to pay to the insured what he promised him by the contract of insurance.

In the French law, the act by which a debtor surrenders his property for the benefit of his creditors.

In maritime contracts in the civil law, principals are generally held indefinitely responsible for the obligations which their agents have contracted relative to the concern of their commission but with regard to ship owners there is remarkable peculiarity; they are bound by the contract of the master only to the amount of their interest in the ship, and can be discharged from their responsibility by abandoning the ship and freight.

The Relinquishment Of A Right; the giving up of something to which we are entitled.

Legal rights, when once vested, must be divested according to law, but equitable rights may be abandoned; a mill site, once occupied, may be abandoned; an application for land, which is an inception of title; an improvement; and a trust fund may be abandoned.

The abandonment must be made by the owner without being pressed by any duty, necessity or utility to himself, but simply because he wishes no longer to possess the thing; and further it must be made without any desire that any other person shall acquire the same; for if it were made for a consideration, it would be a sale or barter, and if without consideration, but with an intention that some other person should become the possessor, it would be a gift: and it would still be a gift though the owner might be indifferent as to whom the right should be transferred; for example, he threw money among a crowd with intent that some one should acquire the title to it.

By the Roman law, when the master was sued for the tort of his slave, or the owner for a trespass committed by his animal, he might abandon them to the person injured, and thereby save himself from further responsibility.

Similar provisions were adopted in Louisiana. It wass enacted by the civil code that the master shall be answerable for all the damages occasioned by an offense or quasi offense committed by his slave. He could, however, discharge himself from such responsibility by abandoning the slave to the person injured; in which case such person shall sell such slave at public auction in the usual form; to obtain payment of the damages and costs; and the balance, if any, shall be returned to the master of the slave, who shall be completely discharged, although the price of the slave should not be sufficient to pay the whole amount of the damages and costs; provided that the master shall make abandonment within three days after the judgment awarding such damages, shall have been rendered; provided also that it shall not be proved that the crime or offense was committed by his order, for in such cases the master shall be answerable for all damages resulting therefrom, whatever be the amount, without being admitted to the benefit of abandonment.

The owner of an animal is answerable for the damages he has caused; but if the animal had been lost, or had strayed more than a day, he may discharge himself from this responsibility, by abandoning him to the person who has sustained the injury, except where the master has turned loose a dangerous or noxious animal, for then he must pay for all the harm he has done, without being allowed, to make the abandonment.

ABANDONMENT, malicious. The act of a husband or wife, who leaves his or her consort willfully, and with an intention of causing perpetual separation.

Such abandonment, when it has continued the length of time required by the local statutes, is sufficient cause for a divorce.

This entry contains material from Bouvier's Legal Dictionary, a work published in the 1850's.
Courtesy of the 'Lectric Law Library.
Law Dictionary
The intentional giving up of rights or property with no futureintention to regain title or possession. Dictionary
the term used to describe the action of one spouse leaving the marital home without consent. This action is deemed as grounds for divorce in some states or provinces.
See Desertion
Massachusetts Divorce Law Dictionary
See Desertion
USPTO Patent and Trademark Glossary
A patent application becomes abandoned for failure to file a complete and proper reply as the condition of the application may require within the time period provided under 37 CFR § 1.134 and § 1.136 unless an Office action indicates otherwise.
Abandonment may be either of the invention or of an application. An abandoned application, in accordance with 37 CFR §§ 1.135 and 1.138, is one which is removed from the Office docket of pending applications.
-- see MPEP 711 for more
-- see express abandonment

Context: Patent
An application that has been declared abandoned is dead and no longer pending. Abandonment occurs under several circumstances. The most common reason is when the USPTO does not receive a response to an Office Action letter from an applicant within 6 months from the date the Office action letter was mailed. Another instance is when the USPTO does not receive a Statement of Use (or request for an extension of time to file a statement of use) from an applicant within 6 months from the issuance of a Notice of Allowance). Applications abandoned for failure to respond to an Office Action or a Notice of Allowance can be revived or reinstated in certain circumstances. For more information, see Petition to Revive and Request for Reinstatement.

Context: Trademark 
By the United States Patent and Trademark Office
Abandonment Definition from Sports Dictionaries & Glossaries
Giving up the proprietary rights in insured property to the underwriter in exchange for payment of a constructive total loss
Abandonment Definition from Society & Culture Dictionaries & Glossaries
Environmental Engineering (English ver.)
Failure to put a water right to Beneficial Use for generally five or more years, in which the owner of the water right states that the water right will not be used, or takes such actions that would prevent the water from being beneficially used. Also see Abandoned Water Right.