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dereliction

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noun der·e·lic·tion \ˌder-ə-ˈlik-shən, ˌde-rə-\

Simple Definition of dereliction

  • : the act of no longer caring for, using, or doing something : the act of abandoning something

  • : the condition of being no longer cared for

  • law : failure to do your job or duty : failure to do what you should do

Full Definition of dereliction

  1. 1 a :  an intentional abandonment b :  the state of being abandoned

  2. 2 :  a recession of water leaving permanently dry land

  3. 3 a :  intentional or conscious neglect :  delinquency <dereliction of duty> b :  fault, shortcoming

Examples of dereliction

  1. the dereliction of a cause by its leaders

  2. The officer was formally charged with dereliction of duty.

  3. a serious dereliction of duty



1597

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1597


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