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Monday, January 28, 2013
Abscondment (abscond or absconding)
To flee or hide to avoid the law. The essence of absconding is to conceal oneself, almost always be fleeing the jurisdiction. Although it sometimes includes things as well, such as stolen property, the term properly means only the person and not the thing, as when one says, the embezzler absconded witht he firm's accounts.
PS - Words are the only tools lawyers have. Just as a skilled carpenter wouldn't drive a nail with a screwdriver, skilled legal writers don't use fortuitous when they mean fortunate, or infer when they mean imply.