Definitions for: Dereliction


[n] willful negligence
[n] a tendency to be negligent and uncaring; "he inherited his delinquency from his father"; "his derelictions were not really intended as crimes"; "his adolescent protest consisted of willful neglect of all his responsibilities"



Webster (1913) Definition: Der`e*lic"tion, n. [L. derelictio.]
1. The act of leaving with an intention not to reclaim or
resume; an utter forsaking abandonment.

Cession or dereliction, actual or tacit, of other
powers. --Burke.

2. A neglect or omission as if by willful abandonment.

A total dereliction of military duties. --Sir W.
Scott.

3. The state of being left or abandoned.

4. (Law) A retiring of the sea, occasioning a change of
high-water mark, whereby land is gained.

Synonyms: delinquency, willful neglect

See Also: actus reus, carelessness, misconduct, neglect, neglect, neglectfulness, negligence, negligence, nonfeasance, nonperformance, wrongdoing, wrongful conduct

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