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.]
n 1: the act of giving something up [syn: forsaking, desertion]
2: withdrawing support or help despite allegiance or
responsibility; "his abandonment of his wife and children
left them penniless" [syn: desertion, defection]
3: the voluntary surrender of property (or a right to property)
without attempting to reclaim it or give it away