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.] Carlyle.