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Definition of abandonment noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [uncountable] (formal)
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  1. 1the act of leaving a person, thing, or place with no intention of returning their childhood abandonment by their mother
  2. 2the act of giving up an idea or stopping an activity with no intention of returning to it the government's abandonment of its new economic policy
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