dereliction

2 definitions found

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

Dereliction \Der'e*lic"tion\, noun [L. derelictio.]

1. The act of leaving with an intention not to reclaim or resume; an utter forsaking abandonment.

Cession or dereliction, actual or tacit, of other powers. --Burke.

2. A neglect or omission as if by willful abandonment.

A total dereliction of military duties. --Sir W. Scott.

3. The state of being left or abandoned.

4. (Law) A retiring of the sea, occasioning a change of high-water mark, whereby land is gained.

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

dereliction

noun

1: a tendency to be negligent and uncaring; "he inherited his delinquency from his father"; "his derelictions were not really intended as crimes"; "his adolescent protest consisted of willful neglect of all his responsibilities" [syn: {delinquency}, {dereliction}, {willful neglect}]

2: willful negligence


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