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dereliction


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dereliction  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  dereliction 
  n  1:  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"  [syn:  {delinquency},  {willful  neglect}] 
  2:  willful  negligence 




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