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derelict


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Derelict  \Der"e*lict\,  a.  [L.  derelictus  p.  p.  of  derelinquere 
  to  forsake  wholly,  to  abandon;  de-  +  relinquere  to  leave  See 
  {Relinquish}.] 
  1.  Given  up  or  forsaken  by  the  natural  owner  or  guardian; 
  left  and  abandoned;  as  derelict  lands. 
 
  The  affections  which  these  exposed  or  derelict 
  children  bear  to  their  mothers,  have  no  grounds  of 
  nature  or  assiduity  but  civility  and  opinion.  --Jer. 
  Taylor. 
 
  2.  Lost;  adrift;  hence  wanting;  careless;  neglectful; 
  unfaithful. 
 
  They  easily  prevailed,  so  as  to  seize  upon  the 
  vacant,  unoccupied,  and  derelict  minds  of  his 
  [Chatham's]  friends;  and  instantly  they  turned  the 
  vessel  wholly  out  of  the  course  of  his  policy. 
  --Burke. 
 
  A  government  which  is  either  unable  or  unwilling  to 
  redress  such  wrongs  is  derelict  to  its  highest 
  duties.  --J.  Buchanan. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Derelict  \Der"e*lict\,  n.  (Law) 
  a  A  thing  voluntary  abandoned  or  willfully  cast  away  by 
  its  proper  owner,  especially  a  ship  abandoned  at  sea. 
  b  A  tract  of  land  left  dry  by  the  sea,  and  fit  for 
  cultivation  or  use 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  derelict 
  adj  1:  deserted  or  abandoned  as  by  an  owner;  "a  derelict  ship" 
  2:  failing  in  what  duty  requires;  "derelict  (or  delinquent)  in 
  his  duty";  "neglectful  of  his  duties";  "remiss  of  you  not 
  to  pay  your  bills"  [syn:  {delinquent},  {neglectful},  {remiss}] 
  n  1:  a  person  unable  to  support  himself 
  2:  a  ship  abandoned  on  the  high  seas  [syn:  {abandoned  ship}] 




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