1325–75; Middle English abando(u)nen < Middle French abandoner for Old French (mettre) a bandon (put) under (someone's) jurisdiction, equivalent to a at, to (< Latin ad; see ad-) + bandon < Germanic *band; see bond1 (Source: dictionary.com)

Early 17th century; earliest use found in Randle Cotgrave (fl. 1587–?1630), lexicographer. From abandon + -able. (Source: lexico.com)

Definitions of Abandonable


verb (used with object)

  1. to leave completely and finally; forsake utterly; desert:
  2. to give up; discontinue; withdraw from:
  3. to give up the control of:
  4. to yield (oneself) without restraint or moderation; give (oneself) over to natural impulses, usually without self-control:
  5. Law. to cast away, leave, or desert, as property or a child.
  6. Insurance. to relinquish (insured property) to the underwriter in case of partial loss, thus enabling the insured to claim a total loss.
  7. Obsolete. to banish.




  1. to forsake completely; desert; leave behindto abandon a baby; drivers had to abandon their cars
  2. abandon ship the order given to the crew of a ship that is about to sink to take to the lifeboats
  3. to give up completelyto abandon a habit; to abandon hope
  4. to yield control of or concern in; relinquishto abandon office
  5. to give up (something begun) before completionto abandon a job; the game was abandoned
  6. to surrender (oneself) to emotion without restraint
  7. to give (insured property that has suffered partial loss or damage) to the insurers in order that a claim for a total loss may be made




  1. freedom from inhibitions, restraint, concern, or worryshe danced with abandon




  1. Capable of being abandoned.


Example sentences for Abandonable

  1. Every adopted person has to deal with the fact of abandonment, and what that has done to them.
  2. The sense of insecurity is heightened by the uncertainty and a feeling of abandonment.
  3. Harry and Peter are bound by the loss of their fathers and their abandonment issues.
  4. From The Novel Cure: From Abandonment to Zestlessness: 751 Books to Cure What Ails You by Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin.
  5. Of course arch-conservatives think social breakdown is caused by the abandonment of traditional gender roles.
  6. I request gentlemen to reflect, whether this is not, in point of fact, an abandonment of the other points in dispute?
  7. But the step would have been more hazardous and desperate than the abandonment of Peshawar by his brother John.
  8. And then all the concentrated anger she felt at his abandonment of her flamed out in her eyes.
  9. He did not ask the abandonment of British dominion in India, though he may have doubted the wisdom of its conquest.
  10. We should learn to rest by changing our employment, not by its abandonment.

Related words & Synonyms

yield, surrender, resign, waive, abdicate


keep, continue, begin, start, retain

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