[ uh-ban-duhnd ]
/ əˈbæn dənd /


forsaken or deserted: an abandoned building; an abandoned kitten.
unrestrained or uncontrolled; uninhibited: She danced with abandoned enthusiasm.
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

SYNONYMS FOR abandoned

1 discarded, rejected.
3 See immoral.

Related forms

a·ban·doned·ly, adverbhalf-a·ban·doned, adjectiveun·a·ban·doned, adjective
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Examples from the Web for abandonedly

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

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British Dictionary definitions for abandonedly


/ (əˈbændənd) /


desertedan abandoned windmill
forsakenan abandoned child
unrestrained; uninhibitedwild, abandoned dancing
depraved; profligate
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