to go forth from, to come out of (c. abl.), to get out, issue forth depart, fig. to leave the household life behind (agārā n.), to retire from the world (cp. abhinikkhamati etc.) or to give up evil desire

  1. lit. (often with bahi outside, out; opp. pavisati to enter into: AN.v.195) DN.ii.14 (mātu kucchismā); Ja.i.52 (mātukucchito)
    imper nikkhama Pv.i.10#3;
    ppr nikkhamanto Ja.i.52 Ja.ii.153; Ja.iii.26 (mukhato); Pv-a.90;
    aor nikkhami Ja.ii.154; Ja.iii.188;
    fut -issati Ja.ii.154;
    ger nikkhamma Ja.i.51, Ja.i.61 (fig.) & nikkhamitvā Ja.i.16, Ja.i.138 (fig.), Ja.i.265, Ja.iii.26; Ja.iv.449 (n. pabbajissāmi); Pv-a.14, Pv-a.19 (fig.), Pv-a.67 (gāmato), Pv-a.74 (id.);
    inf nikkhamituṃ Ja.i.61 (fig.); Ja.ii.104; Pv.i.10#2 (bahi n.);
    grd nikkhamitabba Vin.i.47.
  2. fig. (see also nikkamati, & cp. nekkhamma & BSk niṣkramati in same meaning, e.g. Divy.68 etc.) SN.i.156 (ārabbhati +) = Mil.245 (where nikkamati); Ja.i.51 (agārā), Ja.i.61 (mahābhinikkhamanaṃ “the great renunciation”), Pv-a.19 (id.)

pp nikkhanta; caus. nikkhameti (q.v.).

Sk. niṣkramati, nis + kamati