A*ban"don*ment (#), n. [Cf. F. abandonnement.]
The act of abandoning, or the state of being abandoned; total desertion; relinquishment.
The abandonment of the independence of Europe.
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.
(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.
Careless freedom or ease; abandon.
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