Adjective "abscond" definition and examples

(Abscond may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/əbˈskɒnd//abˈskɒnd/

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Definitions and examples

verb

Leave hurriedly and secretly, typically to escape from custody or avoid arrest.
  1. '176 detainees absconded'
  2. 'She absconded with the jewellery and the question was whether the loss was covered by the insurance policy or fell within its exclusion clause.'
  3. 'If a client absconds, and the solicitor has clear instructions as to how to proceed, then it could be argued that he has either express or implied authority to continue to represent him.'
  4. 'The Master of the Rolls exemplified cases when an employee leaves and gets another job, or absconds with the money from the till or goes off indefinitely without a word to his employer.'
  5. 'A re-trial had been ordered and a trial date fixed before the defendant absconded.'
  6. 'She is enjoying significant unescorted ground leave and has not endeavoured to abscond.'
  7. 'The situation was compounded when some owners emigrated or absconded, some sold to slumlords, and others abandoned their buildings, leaving squatters to take over.'
  8. 'One understands the concern that the public authorities have about the public reaction if a prisoner in those circumstances were to become violent or if a violent prisoner were to abscond.'
  9. 'I cannot abandon my family nor abscond from my newspaper just like that,’ he said.'
  10. 'The husband then absconded with the proceeds of sale, and on her return from hospital the wife was excluded from the house by the purchaser, so that she was not physically present on the property when he was registered as proprietor.'
  11. 'The network of centres house those applicants who are reaching the end of their legal battles to stay in the UK, yet are identified as the most likely to abscond in order to avoid being deported.'
  12. 'He was arrested for absconding and taken to Westlea police station where he was charged with escape.'
  13. 'In May he was arrested in Luton for attempting to steal a car, but absconded from the magistrates' court while under secure supervision from the local authority.'
  14. 'Such a trial can only be contemplated if a defendant absconds; and, as that is so rare an occurrence, there is no public interest in permitting such a trial.'
  15. 'These may be needed in order to, for example, examine the person applying for admission, or to make sure that they do not abscond when a decision to deport has been taken.'
  16. 'The appellant absconded shortly before the conclusion of his trial, and was re-arrested only in March 2000.'
  17. 'Judge Simon Fawcus sentenced him to 18 years for one charge of conspiracy to rob and nine months, to run concurrently, for absconding from bail.'
  18. 'He said that a person with outstanding warrants is more likely to abscond from bail, wasting more police and court time.'
  19. 'He was given two months' jail for the first breach of the ASBO, two months for the second breach, and two weeks for absconding from bail, all to run consecutively.'
  20. 'While Africanized honeybees do make honey and pollinate plants, two traits make them undesirable for beekeepers: colonies regularly abscond from hives, and they are often too defensive to be easily tended.'

More definitions

1. to depart in a sudden and secret manner, especially to avoid capture and legal prosecution: The cashier absconded with the money.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be abscond."

Origin

Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘hide, conceal oneself’): from Latin abscondere ‘hide’, from ab- ‘away, from’ + condere ‘stow’.