2/8/17 The Use of Abandon

The Use of Abandon

This term is used in two ways:

  1. to give up property or some right with the intent of never claiming it again; or
  2. in family law, to leave children or a spouse willfully and with no intent to return.

In sense 1, a person’s losing a billfold (say) and then giving up and unsuccessful search does not mean that the person abandons the lost billfold; to abandon it, the person would have to take some purposeful action such as throwing it away.
Interesting note: abandonee means not “one who is abandoned,” as the suffix –ee might suggest, but “one to whom property rights

[in a thing] are relinquished.”

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