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elopement

[ih-lohp-muh nt] /ɪˈloʊp mənt/
noun
1.
an act or instance of running off secretly, as to be married.
2.
an act or instance of leaving a safe area or safe premises, done by a person with a mental disorder or cognitive impairment:
Parents of autistic children need strategies to cope with elopement.
See also wandering (def 6).
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Examples from the web for elopement
  • Traveling afar on the wedding day used to mean one of two things: elopement or honeymoon.
  • Both families are, of course, cool toward each other as well as the elopement.
  • Define elopement and differentiate it from wandering and leaving against medical advice.
  • Based on interviews and record review, the facility did not provide the necessary supervision to a resident at risk for elopement.
  • elopement has an implicit risk of physical harm to a resident.
  • He showed them scratches that were on his stomach, arms and back that he had acquired during his elopement in some woods.
Word Origin and History for elopement
n.

1540s, from elope + -ment. (The word was in Anglo-French in 14c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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