der·​o·​ga·​tion ˌder-ə-ˈgā-shən How to pronounce derogation (audio)
: a taking away or detraction from something (as the force of a law)
the executive was without power to act in derogation of international lawJules Lobel

Word History


Latin derogatio partial abrogation of a law, from derogare to detract from the force of (a law)

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“Derogation.” Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

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