Feel free to correct me if you don't share the same experience, but in my own experience, usage of the word "abandon" as a noun without being apart of the phrase "reckless abandon" is extremely rare.

Is there a name for this situation where a noun is almost exclusively paired with the same adjective and is it a unique phenomenon?

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    This question has already been asked and answered. The original question is poorly worded though. Commented Jun 9, 2014 at 18:37
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    Not really an answer to the question, but "with abandon" itself is more common, and "wild abandon" is nearly as common. books.google.com/ngrams/…
    – Jason M
    Commented Jun 9, 2014 at 18:44
  • @Mr.ShinyandNew安宇 I would agree, and the accepted answer in that question seems like the spot on answer for this one.
    – coburne
    Commented Jun 9, 2014 at 18:53
  • @JasonM Gay abandon has taken a beating of late.
    – tchrist
    Commented Jun 9, 2014 at 18:59
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    Where else can one get so much relevant information in one fell swoop?
    – GMB
    Commented Jun 10, 2014 at 0:05

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Carefree abandon; momentary abandon; intemperate abandon; high-spirited abandon; willful abandon; thoughtless abandon; determined abandon; studied abandon; unintentional abandon; capricious abandon; cavalier abandon; intended abandon; well-meaning abandon; are just a few that one might possibly come across, but I am sure there are hundreds of others.

  • You're listing valid, but very scarce usages, with reckless abandon.
    – coburne
    Commented Jun 9, 2014 at 19:56
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    It's the with that seems to be universal. Adjectives can vary, but abandon seems always to be comitative. Commented Jun 9, 2014 at 20:38
  • @JohnLawler 'Carefree abandon is what that type of holiday is all about'. 'Deliberate abandon is the tactic I employ in getting my children to take responsibility' Perhaps the 'with' is still there in essence.
    – WS2
    Commented Jun 10, 2014 at 6:52

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