aban·don vt1: to give up with the intent of never again asserting or claiming an interest in (a right or property)2: to disassociate oneself from or forsake in spite of a duty or responsibility toabandon one's child3: to renounce one's obligations and rights underabandon a contract4: to fail purposely to bring to completion or fruitionabandon a crimeabandon a lawsuit
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam-Webster. 1996.
(physically leave) verb
abscond, absent oneself, back out, be gone, be off, cast off, decamp, defect, depart from, desert, destituere, disappear, emigrate, evacuate, forsake, hominem deserere, leave behind, leave in the lurch, make one's exit, move off, quit, remove from, retreat, run away, secede from, set off, slip away from, take leave, take one's departure, take one's leave, turn one's back on
associated concepts: abandoned husband, abandoned land, abandoned property, abandoned wife, desertion
abjure, abstain, apostasize, cast aside, cast away, cast off, cease, cede, concede, demit, desert, desist, discard, discontinue, dispense with, dispose of, dispossess oneself of, disuse, divest oneself of, drop, forbear, forego, forsake, forswear, give away, give over, give up, give up claim to, go back on, jettison, lay aside, part with, put aside, quit, render up, renounce, repudiate, resign, sacrifice, set aside, surrender, tergiversate, throw away, throw off, turn away, yield
associated concepts: abandon a claim, abandon a crime, renunciate a claim, surrender property
ab re desistere, abdicate, back down, back off, back out, forsake, omittere, pull out, quit, rem relinquere, renege, retire, retract, retreat, stand aside, tender one's resignation, vacate office
betray (lead astray), cede, disclaim, disinherit, disown (refuse to acknowledge), fail (neglect), flee, forfeit, forgo, forswear, leave (depart), pretermit, quit (discontinue), quit (evacuate), reject, relinquish, renege, renounce, repudiate, resign, retire (retreat), retreat, secede, set aside (annul), stop, vacate (leave), vacate (void), withdraw, yield (submit)
Burton's Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006
v.To intentionally give up a right or property without any plan of reclaiming it in the future; to desert a spouse or child.n.abandonment
The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008.
To intentionally and permanently give up, surrender, leave, desert, or relinquish all interest, obligations, or ownership in a house, apartment, or other property (such as a patent), a right of way, or a spouse or children. The word is often used when a tenant has left his or her rental unit and the property inside and does not intend to come back. State landlord-tenant laws typically regulate how the landlord may deal with abandoned property left behind by the tenant. To abandon a child or spouse means to have no contact and give no support for an extended period of time.Category: Divorce & Family Law → Divorce, Child Support & CustodyCategory: Real Estate & Rental Property → Renters' & Tenants' Rights
Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. Gerald N. Hill, Kathleen Thompson Hill. 2009.
v.1 To intentionally give up for all time an assertion or a claim of an interest in property or in a right or privilege.2 To repudiate, withdraw from, or otherwise disassociate oneself from a duty or responsibility.3 To intentionally fail to complete.
Webster's New World Law Dictionary. Susan Ellis Wild. 2000.
v.to intentionally and permanently give up, surrender, leave, desert or relinquish all interest or ownership in property, a home or other premises, a right of way, and even a spouse, family, or children. The word is often used in situations to determine whether a tenant has left his/her apartment and the property inside and does not intend to come back. Thus, a landlord can take over an apparently abandoned residence, but must store anything a tenant leaves behind and give notice to the tenant before selling the possessions which are left. To abandon children can mean to have no contact and give no support for a year or more.
Law dictionary. EdwART. 2013.