Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Idioms, Wikipedia.


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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


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."

Copyright © 1981-2005 by Gerald N. Hill and Kathleen T. Hill. All Right reserved.


to run away, especially from the jurisdiction of a court. It may be an offence in its own right as where the absconder is on BAIL and fails to surrender to custody or tries to escape the consequences of insolvency.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006

ABSCOND. To go in a clandestine manner out of the jurisdiction of the courts, or to lie concealed in order to avoid their process.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
References in periodicals archive ?
Absconds, where prisoners are able to leave prisons that are fully or partially open, happened seven times at Prescoed prison in 2018/19.
New figures from the Department for Health and Social Care have revealed there were 12,398 cases of a "missing or absconded patient" in the six months to 31 March 2018.
And a spokesman for the prison service said: "The number of absconds at HMP Sudbury has fallen by more than a half in the last 10 years.
Mukhtar, who made the call in Abuja during a courtesy visit to NAPTIP office, made a reference to pilgrims in Saudi Arabia who had either overstayed or absconded.
What I think is that some of their friends convince them that if they abscond they can earn more and work less elsewhere," he added.
Muller found that treatment failure (symptoms, medication, and failure of physician patient relationship) and family problems were the two main reasons driving patients to abscond (8,9).
She added: "As of September 22, Irish Prison Service records indicate that of the 419 persons who absconded during this time period, 32 remain unlawfully at large.
"Following the actions of this Scottish government to tighten the criteria for admission to the open estate, absconds from the open estate are now at a record low level - 16 in 2008/09, compared to 79 in 2006/07 and 98 in 1996/97."
"But if after 30 days, we have obtained a confirmation beyond doubt that the employee has absconded from work for no reason, his work permit will be cancelled, the employee in this case can no longer work in Bahrain legally.
The man allegedly confessed during interview that he encouraged the maids to abscond
And she added: "You chose to ditch relocation, you have personally made it easier for people to abscond.