abscond
ab·scond /ab-'skänd, əb-/ vi: to depart secretly: withdraw and hide oneself; specif: to evade the legal process of a court by hiding within or secretly leaving its jurisdiction
abscond ed with the funds
abscond from New York
abscond to Canada
ab·scond·er n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

abscond
I verb absent oneself, avoid, bolt, decamp, delitescere, depart, desert, disappear, dodge, elude, emigrate, escape, eschew, evade, expatriate oneself, flee, hide, latere, leave, levant, make off, occultari, remove, run, run away, steal away, take flight, withdraw, withdraw clandestinely associated concepts: abscond on bail, absconding debtor, attachment, fugitive, quasi in rem jurisdiction II index abandon (physically leave), defect, depart, disappear, elude, escape, evacuate, flee, leave (depart), move (alter position), quit (evacuate), withdraw

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


abscond
v.
To depart quickly and secretly in order to avoid arrest or a lawsuit, particularly after committing some crime such as theft; to leave the jurisdiction of local courts or to hide from them.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


abscond
to run away, especially from the jurisdiction of a court. It is an offence under the Bail Act 1976 to fail to surrender to custody and an offence under the Insolvency Act 1978 to avoid proceedings.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


abscond
To leave suddenly and in secret, usually to avoid arrest, prosecution, or service of process; or to leave with funds or goods that belong to someone else.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


abscond
v.
1 To secretly or suddenly leave a place or to go into hiding, especially to avoid arrest, prosecution, the service of a summons or other legal process, or an action by a creditor.
2 To leave a location, often in a hurry, with money or property of another.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


abscond
To go in a clandestine manner out of the jurisdiction of the courts, or to lie concealed, in order to avoid their process. To hide, conceal, or absent oneself clandestinely, with the intent to avoid legal process. To postpone limitations. To flee from arresting or prosecuting officers of the state.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


abscond
To go in a clandestine manner out of the jurisdiction of the courts, or to lie concealed, in order to avoid their process. To hide, conceal, or absent oneself clandestinely, with the intent to avoid legal process. To postpone limitations. To flee from arresting or prosecuting officers of the state.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

abscond
v.
   1) traditionally to leave a jurisdiction (where the court, a process server or law enforcement can find one) to avoid being served with legal papers or being arrested.
   2) a surprise leaving with funds or goods that have been stolen, as in "he absconded with the loot."

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • Abscond — Ab*scond , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Absconded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Absconding}.] [L. abscondere to hide; ab, abs + condere to lay up; con + d[a^]re (only in comp.) to put. Cf. {Do}.] 1. To hide, withdraw, or be concealed. [1913 Webster] The marmot… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Abscond — Ab*scond , v. t. To hide; to conceal. [Obs.] Bentley. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • abscond — (v.) 1560s, from M.Fr. abscondre and directly from L. abscondere to hide, conceal, put out of sight, from ab(s) away (see AB (Cf. ab )) + condere put together, store, from com together (see COM (Cf. com )) + dere …   Etymology dictionary

  • abscond — decamp, flee, fly, *escape Analogous words: depart, leave, quit, *go Antonyms: give (oneself) up Contrasted words: stay, wait, remain, abide: confess, *acknowledge …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • abscond — [v] run away, depart secretly beat it*, bolt*, break, clear out*, cut and run*, decamp, disappear, dog it*, duck out, escape, fade*, flee, fly the coop*, get, go AWOL*, go south*, hightail*, jump*, leave, make a break*, make off, make scarce*,… …   New thesaurus

  • abscond — ► VERB ▪ leave hurriedly and secretly to escape from custody or avoid arrest. DERIVATIVES absconder noun. ORIGIN Latin abscondere hide …   English terms dictionary

  • abscond — [ab skänd′, əbskänd′] vi. [L abscondere < ab(s) , from, away + condere, to hide: see RECONDITE] to go away hastily and secretly; run away and hide, esp. in order to escape the law absconder n …   English World dictionary

  • abscond — ab|scond [əbˈskɔnd, æb US æbˈska:nd] v [i]formal [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: abscondere, from abs away + condere to hide ] 1.) to escape from a place where you are being kept abscond from ▪ The boy absconded from a children s home. 2.) to… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • abscond — UK [əbˈskɒnd] / US [əbˈskɑnd] verb [intransitive] Word forms abscond : present tense I/you/we/they abscond he/she/it absconds present participle absconding past tense absconded past participle absconded formal 1) to escape from a place where you… …   English dictionary

  • abscond — verb /əbˈskɒnd,əbˈskɑnd/ a) To hide; to withdraw; to be concealed : ... that very homesickness which, in regular armies, drives so many recruits to abscond at the risk of stripes and of death. b) To depart secretly; to steal away, particularly to …   Wiktionary

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