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derelict

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adjective der·e·lict \ˈder-ə-ˌlikt, ˈde-rə-\

Simple Definition of derelict

  • : no longer cared for or used by anyone

  • : failing to do what should be done

Full Definition of derelict

  1. 1 :  abandoned especially by the owner or occupant; also :  run-down

  2. 2 :  lacking a sense of duty :  negligent

Examples of derelict

  1. The officer was charged with being derelict in his duty.

  2. <the guards were judged derelict in their duty>



Origin of derelict

Latin derelictus, past participle of derelinquere to abandon, from de- + relinquere to leave — more at relinquish


First Known Use: 1649


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derelict

noun der·e·lict

Simple Definition of derelict

  • : a person who has no money, job, home, etc.

Full Definition of derelict

  1. 1 a :  something voluntarily abandoned; especially :  a ship abandoned on the high seas b :  a tract of land left dry by receding water

  2. 2 :  a destitute homeless social misfit :  vagrant, bum

Examples of derelict

  1. It was a run-down neighborhood filled with drugs addicts and derelicts.

  2. <a section of the city that seemed to be frequented mostly by derelicts>



1670

First Known Use of derelict

1670


DERELICT Defined for Kids

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derelict

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adjective der·e·lict \ˈder-ə-ˌlikt\

Definition of derelict

  1. 1 :  abandoned by the owner or occupant

  2. 2 :  in poor condition :  run-down <a derelict old building>

  3. 3 :  failing to do what should be done <They were derelict in their duties.>




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derelict

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noun der·e·lict

Definition of derelict

  1. 1 :  something abandoned (as a boat)

  2. 2 :  1bum 1, vagrant





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