Etymology
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abandonment (n.)

1610s, "action of relinquishing to another," from French abandonnement (Old French abandonement), from abandonner "to give up" (see abandon (v.)). Meaning "a deserting, forsaking" (of one's family, principles, etc.) is by 1788; from 1839 as "condition of being forsaken." In law, the relinquishing of a title, privilege, or claim. In music, Italian abbandonatamente is the instruction to play so as to make the time subordinate to the feeling.

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Definitions of abandonment

abandonment (n.)
the act of giving something up;
Synonyms: forsaking / desertion
abandonment (n.)
withdrawing support or help despite allegiance or responsibility;
his abandonment of his wife and children left them penniless
Synonyms: desertion / defection
abandonment (n.)
the voluntary surrender of property (or a right to property) without attempting to reclaim it or give it away;
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