|1.||[ noun ] withdrawing support or help despite allegiance or responsibility|
"his abandonment of his wife and children left them penniless"
|Related terms:||withdrawal abscondment absence_without_leave deviationism defect|
|2.||[ noun ] the state of having rejected your religious beliefs or your political party or a cause (often in favor of opposing beliefs or causes)|
|Related terms:||rejection defect|