[ der-uh-lik-shuhn ]
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  1. deliberate or conscious neglect; negligence; delinquency: dereliction of duty.

  2. the act of abandoning something.

  1. the state of being abandoned.

  2. Law. a leaving dry of land by recession of the water line.

Origin of dereliction

First recorded in 1590–1600; from Latin dērelictiōn- (stem of dērelictiō ) “an abandoning,” equivalent to dērelict(us) (see derelict) + -iōn- -ion

synonym study For dereliction

1. See neglect.

Other words for dereliction

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How to use dereliction in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for dereliction


/ (ˌdɛrɪˈlɪkʃən) /

  1. deliberate, conscious, or wilful neglect (esp in the phrase dereliction of duty)

  2. the act of abandoning or deserting or the state of being abandoned or deserted

  1. law

    • accretion of dry land gained by the gradual receding of the sea or by a river changing its course

    • the land thus left

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