- to renounce or surrender (a possession, right, etc.): to relinquish the throne.
- to give up; put aside or desist from: to relinquish a plan.
- to let go; release: to relinquish one's hold.
Origin of relinquish
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Examples from the Web for relinquishment
The rate of relinquishment for women of color has traditionally remained low.Why Is the Mormon Church Getting Out of the Adoption Business?
June 23, 2014
In return for the relinquishment Cullison had been released.Crooked Trails and Straight
William MacLeod Raine
When he permits a driver to pass, there is a touch of the contemptuous in that relinquishment.The Pacific Triangle
I understand that he purchased what is called a relinquishment.The Homesteader
He could not only sell me a relinquishment, but could also take my filing.The Conquest
With the relinquishment of responsibility, she appeared to grow almost cheerful.The Builders
- to give up (a task, struggle, etc); abandon
- to surrender or renounce (a claim, right, etc)
- to release; let go
Word Origin and History for relinquishment
mid-15c., "desert, abandon;" late 15c., "give up, desist," from Old French relinquiss-, present participle stem of relinquir (12c.), from Latin relinquere "leave behind, forsake, abandon, give up," from re- "back" (see re-) + linquere "to leave," from PIE *linkw-, from root *leikw- "to leave behind" (cf. Sanskrit reknas "inheritance, wealth," rinakti "leaves;" Greek leipein "to leave;" Gothic leihvan, Old English lænan "to lend;" Old High German lihan "to borrow;" Old Norse lan "loan"). Related: Relinquished; relinquishing.