• WordNet 3.6
    • n relinquishment the act of giving up and abandoning a struggle or task etc.
    • n relinquishment a verbal act of renouncing a claim or right or position etc.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Relinquishment The act of relinquishing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n relinquishment The act of relinquishing, leaving, or quitting; a forsaking: the renouncing of a claim.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Relinquishment act of giving up
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  • Jean Cocteau
    “If a hermit lives in a state of ecstasy, his lack of comfort becomes the height of comfort. He must relinquish it.”
  • Cornelius Nepos
    Cornelius Nepos
    “So that he seemed not to relinquish life, but to leave one home for another.”
  • Naomi Wolf
    Naomi Wolf
    “To ask women to become unnaturally thin is to ask them to relinquish their sexuality.”
  • Milton Hall
    Milton Hall
    “Your ability to learn depends partly on your ability to relinquish what you've held.”
  • Peace Pilgrim
    “Anything you cannot relinquish when it has outlived its usefulness possesses you, and in this materialistic age a great many of us are possessed by our possessions.”
  • Stewart E. White
    Stewart E. White
    “Do not attempt to do a thing unless you are sure of yourself; but do not relinquish it simply because someone else is not sure of you.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. relinquir—L. relinquĕre, relictumre-, away from, linquĕre, to leave.


In literature:

What more supreme sacrifice could he make than to relinquish it!
"Coniston, Complete" by Winston Churchill
For they never relinquish anything that touches them.
"The Vultures" by Henry Seton Merriman
Also he felt, she must relinquish herself into his hands, and be subject to him.
"Women in Love" by D. H. Lawrence
In spite of restricted space, the Cartwrights found it impossible to relinquish the habit of universal hospitality.
"A Life's Morning" by George Gissing
At sunset, we were obliged to relinquish our task, the men complaining of violent head-aches, which the nature of the day increased.
"Two Expeditions in the Interior of Southern Australia, Volume II" by Charles Sturt
At sunset we were obliged to relinquish our task, the men complaining of violent head-aches, which the nature of the day increased.
"Two Expeditions into the Interior of Southern Australia, Complete" by Charles Sturt
In others he relinquished this broad style: Shall we say always with a more decided success?
"Life of Chopin" by Franz Liszt
The shores they have relinquished shrink to an infinite remoteness.
"The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, Complete" by George Meredith
We relinquished the stream of an epic in turning away from these mighty drums.
"Sandra Belloni, Complete" by George Meredith
Yet we cannot relinquish an idea that was ours; we are vowed to the pursuit of it.
"One of Our Conquerors, Complete" by George Meredith
The pain of the thought of relinquishing it was the origin of this foolishness.
"The Celt and Saxon, Complete" by George Meredith
Would she part with privileges which, once relinquished, could never be regained?
"The Diary and Letters of Madame D'Arblay, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Fanny Burney
Now you will relinquish this point only to take up your resistance at another place.
"A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis" by Sigmund Freud
Are you willing to relinquish your Isis, your bride?
"The Battle of The Press" by Theophila Carlile Campbell
Lord Frederick immediately excused himself to his sister; and she at last, in evident vexation, relinquished her attempt.
"Discipline" by Mary Brunton
From this time I forbid you to smoke, and I will join you in relinquishing the habit.
"Julia Ward Howe" by Laura E. Richards
This is called buying or selling a relinquishment.
"The Conquest" by Oscar Micheaux
Baptiste bought his and paid for the relinquishment.
"The Homesteader" by Oscar Micheaux
This he was soon glad to relinquish, paying a salary of a hundred pounds a year to his editor.
"William Morris" by Elizabeth Luther Cary
Lionel, after breakfast, the next morning, was obliged to relinquish waiting for Clermont, and to set off for Oxford.
"Camilla" by Fanny Burney

In poetry:

When Torquemada
Found a cat in the larder
He relinquished it without a qualm**
To the secular arm.
"Clerihew – Torquemada" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley
There was an Old Man of the coast,
Who placidly sat on a post;
But when it was cold
He relinquished his hold
And called for some hot buttered toast.
"Limerick:There was an Old Man of the coast" by Edward Lear
The knight stood erect in the midst of the hall,
And sterner his visage became,
'Now, shame and dishonour my 'scutcheon befall
If thus I relinquish my claim."
"The Feud: A Border Ballad" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
There was an Old Person whose habits,
Induced him to feed upon rabbits;
When he'd eaten eighteen,
He turned perfectly green,
Upon which he relinquished those habits.
"Limerick: There was an Old Person whose habits," by Edward Lear
'Now, swear to relinquish all claim to our land,
Or to give as a hostage your bride!
Or fly if you’re able, or yield where you stand,
Or die as your betters have died!'
"The Feud: A Border Ballad" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
II. Sweet social ties, to every feeling dear!
Still round that heart's most vital fibre twining,
If I relinquish ye, 'tis with a tear,
Sadly resign'd, and tenderly repining.
"Home" by Sydney Owenson

In news:

Murray has chaired the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, but will relinquish the post when she takes over Budget.
Do you think schools Superintendent Nancy Kline will relinquish the school board attorney's office key by Friday evening.
He didn't give up another one until he allowed a solo homer in the 7th, but by then the Tigers had a lead and wouldn't relinquish it.
Fort Hood commander to relinquish command in advance of potential placement of Ft.
So early that the night remains steadfast in the sky, not ready to relinquish its reign.
I relinquish personal belongings on a daily basis.
Musher Aliy Zirkle has led for much of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and she's unwilling to relinquish that lead for long.
It's now official: In well over half of the states, local governments will relinquish all or some control over implementation of a law that will impact untold numbers of their own constituents.
Few public ports relinquish operations.
The set was tied at 8-8, but three straight errors by the Lancers gave Niles an 11-8 lead it would never relinquish.
Just about two minutes later, Malone gave the Orange a lead they wouldn't relinquish the lead the rest of the game.
The boy's father, David Wieseckel, has since relinquished his parental rights.
Egypt's demonstrators have succeeded in forcing Mubarak to relinquish powers.
FAA relinquishes sole jurisdiction for worker safety.
In my opinion, an employee being placed on paid leave "for cause" relinquishes their to right to use of the term "personal reasons.

In science:

Because of the usual relativistic constraints, interaction potentials that depend on space-like separated points must be relinquished in favor of covariant forces acting along null lines.
Spinors in Quantum Geometrical Theory
Relinquishment of quantization abolishes the need for a classical theory.
Spinors in Quantum Geometrical Theory
This is obviously the “survival” probability that the first leader, whose size is initially k = 2, never relinquishes the lead.
Extremal Properties of Random Structures
In particular, we are forced to relinquish our picture of the fn as being intertwiners between Vir-Verma modules, that is that the action of each fm takes us from one Vir-Verma module to another whilst the action of a subsequent fn brings us back again.
The Extended Algebra of the Minimal Models
When triggered by an exit message from the user, it begins relinquishing its resources: we then say that the process is in its exit region E .
Proving time bounds for randomized distributed algorithms
The (cid:12)rst statement states that, within time , every process in its exit region relinquishes its resources.
Proving time bounds for randomized distributed algorithms
The process needs to take (cid:12)rst two steps to relinquish its two resources, and then one step to send a rem message to the user. (cid:0)! RT [ C .
Proving time bounds for randomized distributed algorithms
From Lemma A. within time  every process that begins in EF or ES relinquishes its resources.
Proving time bounds for randomized distributed algorithms
We also assume that after a Wick rotation back to the Lorentzian, we can still add on the correction terms in the same way where the meaning of T becomes physical temperature, relinquishing its connection with imaginary time.
Finite temperature corrections and embedded strings in noncommutative geometry and the standard model with neutrino mixing
The VFNS then provides an mechanism to resum such logarithms, without relinquishing control over the region Q ≃ m.
Summary of the Structure Function Working Group at DIS'99
In control-flow composition control is held by a single component at every point in time; the composition of components amounts to deciding how control is passed between components, by setting which component receives control when another component relinquishes it.
Synthesis from Recursive-Components Libraries
Intuitively, a recursive component receives control when entering its initial state and relinquishes control when entering an exit state.
Synthesis from Recursive-Components Libraries
In the first example, we first define two expressions: cat writes the string "cat" five times, relinquishing control every time the operation is performed.
Tracing monadic computations and representing effects
It is only this contribution which counts as work performed on the gas: the sum of all the energy changes due to collisions with the thermostatted wall is the heat absorbed or relinquished by the gas.
Equilibrium Free Energies from Nonequilibrium Processes