Abandon Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term Abandon.

Abandon (verb): This term refers to voluntarily giving up or forsaking something, usually one's legal ownership or authority over an item or individual. It may appear in a variety of contexts, such as:

  1. In property law, if someone leaves their legally owned property—movable or immovable—for an extended time, they might be said to 'abandon' it.
  2. In family law, it can refer to a parent or spouse intentionally leaving a child or partner, respectively.
  3. In constitutional law, 'abandoning' can mean willingly relinquishing rights granted by the law, often in cases of national emergency.