In law, abandonment is the relinquishment or renunciation of an interest, claim, privilege, possession, or right, especially with the intent of never again resuming or reasserting it. Such intentional action may take the form of a discontinuance or a waiver. This broad meaning has a number of applications in different branches of law. In common law jurisdictions, both common law abandonment and statutory abandonment of property may be recognized.

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  1. The act of abandoning, or the state of being abandoned; total desertion; relinquishment.
  2. The voluntary leaving of a person to whom one is bound by a special relation, as a wife, husband or child; desertion.
    Since he left her, she's suing him for divorce on grounds of abandonment.
  3. An abandoned building or structure.
    High-profile abandonments are harder to infiltrate for urban explorers due to their heightened security.
  4. The relinquishment of a right, claim, or privilege; relinquishment of right to secure a patent by an inventor; relinquishment of copyright by an author. <ref name=SOED/>
  5. 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. <ref name=SOED/>
  6. The cessation of service on a particular segment of the lines of a common carrier, as granted by a government agency.
  7. A refusal to receive freight so damaged in transit as to be worthless and render carrier liable for its value.
  8. The self-surrender to an outside influence. <ref name=SOED/>
  9. Abandon; careless freedom or ease; surrender to one's emotions. <ref name=SOED/>

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