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  1. forsaken or deserted: an abandoned building; an abandoned kitten.
  2. unrestrained or uncontrolled; uninhibited: She danced with abandoned enthusiasm.
  3. utterly lacking in moral restraints; shameless; wicked: an abandoned and dissolute ruler.

Origin of abandoned

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at abandon1, -ed2
Related formsa·ban·doned·ly, adverbhalf-a·ban·doned, adjectiveun·a·ban·doned, adjective

Synonyms for abandoned

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1. discarded, rejected. 3. See immoral.
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Related Words for abandonedly

involuntarily, weakly, willy-nilly, abandonedly, dependently, feebly

Examples from the Web for abandonedly

Historical Examples of abandonedly

  • In the first days of their love she had been his slave; she had admired him abandonedly.

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    Willa Cather

British Dictionary definitions for abandonedly


  1. desertedan abandoned windmill
  2. forsakenan abandoned child
  3. unrestrained; uninhibitedwild, abandoned dancing
  4. depraved; profligate
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Word Origin and History for abandonedly



"self-devoted" to some purpose (usually evil), late 14c., past participle adjective from abandon (v.).

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