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[ih-lohp-muh nt] /ɪˈloʊp mənt/
an act or instance of running off secretly, as to be married.
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). Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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