dereliction

noun

der·​e·​lic·​tion ˌder-ə-ˈlik-shən How to pronounce dereliction (audio)
ˌde-rə-
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

Example Sentences

the dereliction of a cause by its leaders The officer was formally charged with dereliction of duty. a serious dereliction of duty
Recent Examples on the Web The president’s dereliction of duty has created a crisis. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, 31 Dec. 2022 The misuse of Bourne this season was offensive malpractice to the nth degree, an inexplicable dereliction of duty by Belichick, Patricia, Joe Judge, and whomever else had a hand in Bourne’s disappearing act. Tara Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, 25 Dec. 2022 But federal criminal law does not contain a dereliction of duty statute. Howard Manly, The Conversation, 20 Dec. 2022 Other related convictions included dereliction of duty, making a false official statement, wrongfully using other people's Social Security numbers and bouncing checks. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 13 Dec. 2022 The Democratic capitulation to the GOP’s demand to rescind the vaccine mandate is an inexcusable dereliction of Congress’ duty to care for the health of military service members and the general public. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 7 Dec. 2022 And in what amounts to a dereliction of basic duties, Gensler’s SEC has refused to provide clarity on the critical issue of what constitutes a security in crypto markets. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, 4 Oct. 2022 The committee used that testimony to make a case that Trump's refusal to intervene amounted to a dereliction of duty. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 22 July 2022 To not use art to process that everyday violence would be a dereliction of duty. Christian Holub, EW.com, 13 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of dereliction was in 1597

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Cite this Entry

“Dereliction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dereliction. Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

dereliction

noun
der·​e·​lic·​tion ˌder-ə-ˈlik-shən How to pronounce dereliction (audio)
1
: the act of abandoning : the state of being abandoned
the dereliction of a cause by its leaders
2
: neglect of one's duty

Legal Definition

dereliction

noun
der·​e·​lic·​tion ˌder-ə-ˈlik-shən How to pronounce dereliction (audio)
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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