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[ri-ling-kwish] /rɪˈlɪŋ kwɪʃ/
verb (used with object)
to renounce or surrender (a possession, right, etc.):
to relinquish the throne.
to give up; put aside or desist from:
to relinquish a plan.
to let go; release:
to relinquish one's hold.
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English relinquissen, relinquisshen < Middle French relinquiss-, long stem of relinquirLatin relinquere to leave behind, equivalent to re- re- + linquere to leave (akin to lend)
Related forms
relinquisher, noun
relinquishment, noun
nonrelinquishment, noun
unrelinquished, adjective
unrelinquishing, adjective
2. yield, cede, waive, forego, abdicate, leave, quit, forswear, desert, resign. See abandon1 . Unabridged
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Examples for relinquishment
  • The loss brings with it a new note, of relinquishment.
  • Options that are predicated on parental relinquishment of custody are so noted.
  • The relinquishment of the right-of-way grant is hereby accepted in its entirety and is effective upon receipt of this decision.
  • The relinquishment must be in writing, and the signature of the parent or guardian must be notarized.
British Dictionary definitions for relinquishment


verb (transitive)
to give up (a task, struggle, etc); abandon
to surrender or renounce (a claim, right, etc)
to release; let go
Derived Forms
relinquisher, noun
relinquishment, noun
Word Origin
C15: from French relinquir, from Latin relinquere to leave behind, from re- + linquere to leave
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Word Origin and History for relinquishment
1472, from M.Fr. relinquiss-, prp. stem of relinquir (12c.), from L. relinquere "leave behind, forsake, abandon, give up," from re- "back" + linquere "to leave," from PIE *linkw-, from base *leikw- "to leave behind" (cf. Skt. reknas "inheritance, wealth," rinakti "leaves;" Gk. leipein "to leave;" Goth. leihvan, O.E. lænan "to lend;" O.H.G. lihan "to borrow;" O.N. lan "loan").
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