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n. The relinquishment or renunciation of an interest, claim, privilege, possession or right, especially with the intent of never again resuming or reasserting it. An intentional action of abandonment may take the form of a discontinuance or a waiver. This term has a number of applications in different branches of law.


Generally, it means the relinquishment of a right; the giving up of something to which a party is entitled with the intent of never claiming it again. The act of giving up a legal right. It is a voluntary act done without consideration and without an intent that any particular person acquire rights in the property so given up upon. Common law abandonment is the relinquishment of a right in property by the owner without any regard to future possession by himself or any other person, and with the intention to forsake or desert the right. It is a voluntary relinquishment of a thing by its owner with the intention of terminating his ownership, and without the intent to vest ownership in any other person; the giving up of a thing absolutely, without reference to any particular person or purpose.


A person can willfully and ...

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