the act of abandoning <the family's shameful dereliction of their pets at the end of the summer season>
failure to take the care that a cautious person usually takes <the ski area was not held responsible for the injury on account of the skier's own manifest dereliction> Related Words foolhardiness
the nonperformance of an assigned or expected action <both sentries were to be court-martialed for dereliction of duty>
a defect in character <believes that society is guilty of a moral dereliction if it does not care for those unable to care for themselves> Related Words blot
; Achilles' heel
, soft spot
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