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dereliction

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1 the act of abandoning
  • the dereliction by the owners of a once flourishing orchard

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2 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

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3 the nonperformance of an assigned or expected action
  • both sentries were to be court-martialed for dereliction of duty

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4 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

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The first known use of dereliction was in 1597

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“Dereliction.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/dereliction. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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