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[ab-skond] /æbˈskɒnd/
verb (used without object)
to depart in a sudden and secret manner, especially to avoid capture and legal prosecution:
The cashier absconded with the money.
1605-15; < Latin abscondere to hide or stow away, equivalent to abs- abs- + condere to stow (con- con- + -dere to put; see do1)
Related forms
absconder, noun
decamp, bolt. Unabridged
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  • These safeguards keep outsiders from absconding with genetically engineered fish and prevent tainted water from escaping the lab.
  • In some cases, the employer would file an absconding charge or simply report that the employee was no longer employed.
  • Field agents shall therefore respond to probation violations, including absconding, as set forth in this policy.
  • There shall be no imprisonment for debt, except in cases of absconding debtors.
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  • The immigration judge concluded that these possibilities greatly reduced the risk of the respondent absconding upon release.
British Dictionary definitions for absconding


(intransitive) to run away secretly, esp from an open institution or to avoid prosecution or punishment
Derived Forms
absconder, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin abscondere to hide, put away, from abs-ab-1 + condere to stow
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Word Origin and History for absconding



1560s, from Middle French abscondre and directly from Latin abscondere "to hide, conceal, put out of sight," from ab(s)- "away" (see ab-) + condere "put together, store," from com- "together" (see com-) + dere "put," from PIE *dhe- "to put, place, make" (see factitious). The notion is of "to hide oneself," especially to escape debt or the law. Related: Absconded; absconder; absconding.

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