[ der-uh-lik-shuh n ]
/ ˌdɛr əˈlɪk ʃən /


deliberate or conscious neglect; negligence; delinquency: dereliction of duty.
the act of abandoning something.
the state of being abandoned.
Law. a leaving dry of land by recession of the water line.

Origin of dereliction

1590–1600; < Latin dērelictiōn- (stem of dērelictiō) an abandoning, equivalent to dērelict(us) (see derelict) + -iōn- -ion

SYNONYMS FOR dereliction

1 See neglect.
2 desertion. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for dereliction

/ (ˌdɛrɪˈlɪkʃən) /


deliberate, conscious, or wilful neglect (esp in the phrase dereliction of duty)
the act of abandoning or deserting or the state of being abandoned or deserted
  1. accretion of dry land gained by the gradual receding of the sea or by a river changing its course
  2. the land thus left
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