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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Derelict \Der"e*lict\, noun (Law) (a) A thing voluntary abandoned or willfully cast away by its proper owner, especially a ship abandoned at sea. (b) A tract of land left dry by the sea, and fit for cultivation or use.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Derelict \Der"e*lict\, adjective [L. derelictus, p. p. of derelinquere to forsake wholly, to abandon; de- + relinquere to leave. See {Relinquish}.]

1. Given up or forsaken by the natural owner or guardian; left and abandoned; as, derelict lands.

The affections which these exposed or derelict children bear to their mothers, have no grounds of nature or assiduity but civility and opinion. --Jer. Taylor.

2. Lost; adrift; hence, wanting; careless; neglectful; unfaithful.

They easily prevailed, so as to seize upon the vacant, unoccupied, and derelict minds of his [Chatham's] friends; and instantly they turned the vessel wholly out of the course of his policy. --Burke.

A government which is either unable or unwilling to redress such wrongs is derelict to its highest duties. --J. Buchanan.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

derelict

adjective

1: worn and broken down by hard use; "a creaky shack"; "a decrepit bus...its seats held together with friction tape"; "a flea-bitten sofa"; "a run-down neighborhood"; "a woebegone old shack" [syn: {creaky}, {decrepit}, {derelict}, {flea-bitten}, {run-down}, {woebegone}]

2: forsaken by owner or inhabitants ; "weed-grown yard of an abandoned farmhouse" [syn: {abandoned}, {derelict}, {deserted}]

3: failing in what duty requires; "derelict (or delinquent) in his duty"; "neglectful of his duties"; "remiss of you not to pay your bills" [syn: {derelict}, {delinquent}, {neglectful}, {remiss}]

4: in deplorable condition; "a street of bedraggled tenements"; "a broken-down fence"; "a ramshackle old pier"; "a tumble- down shack" [syn: {bedraggled}, {broken-down}, {derelict}, {dilapidated}, {ramshackle}, {tatterdemalion}, {tumble-down}]

noun

1: a person without a home, job, or property

2: a ship abandoned on the high seas [syn: {abandoned ship}, {derelict}]


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