dereliction

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

Definition of dereliction

1 a : an intentional abandonment
b : the state of being abandoned
2 : a recession of water leaving permanently dry land
3 a : intentional or conscious neglect : delinquency
  • dereliction of duty

Examples of dereliction in a Sentence

  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

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First Known Use of dereliction

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dereliction Synonyms


DERELICTION Defined for English Language Learners

dereliction

noun

Definition of dereliction for English Language Learners

  • : 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


Law Dictionary

dereliction

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

legal Definition of dereliction

1 a : an intentional abandonment
b : a state of being abandoned
2 : a recession of water leaving permanently dry land
3 : an intentional or conscious neglect
  • dereliction of duty


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