dereliction


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der·e·lic·tion

 (dĕr′ə-lĭk′shən)
n.
1. Willful neglect, as of duty or principle.
2.
a. The act of abandoning; abandonment.
b. A state of abandonment or neglect.
3. Law
a. A gaining of land by the permanent recession of the water line.
b. The land so gained.

dereliction

(ˌdɛrɪˈlɪkʃən)
n
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
3. (Physical Geography) law
a. accretion of dry land gained by the gradual receding of the sea or by a river changing its course
b. the land thus left

der•e•lic•tion

(ˌdɛr əˈlɪk ʃən)

n.
1. deliberate neglect; delinquency: dereliction of duty.
2. the act of abandoning something.
3. the state of being abandoned.
[1590–1600; < Latin dērelictiō]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dereliction - 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"
neglectfulness, negligence, neglect - the trait of neglecting responsibilities and lacking concern
2.dereliction - willful negligence
actus reus, wrongful conduct, misconduct, wrongdoing - activity that transgresses moral or civil law; "he denied any wrongdoing"
nonfeasance - a failure to act when under an obligation to do so; a refusal (without sufficient excuse) to do that which it is your legal duty to do
negligence, nonperformance, carelessness, neglect - failure to act with the prudence that a reasonable person would exercise under the same circumstances

dereliction

noun
1. abandonment, desertion, renunciation, relinquishment The previous owners had rescued the building from dereliction.
2. (only used with duty) negligence, failure, neglect, evasion, delinquency, abdication, faithlessness, nonperformance, remissness He pleaded guilty to wilful dereliction of duty.

dereliction

noun
Nonperformance of what ought to be done:
Translations

dereliction

[ˌderɪˈlɪkʃən] N [of property] → abandono m
dereliction of dutynegligencia f

dereliction

n
(= state: of property) → Verfall m, → Heruntergekommenheit f
dereliction of dutyPflichtversäumnis nt

dereliction

[dɛrɪˈlɪkʃn] n dereliction of duty (frm) → negligenza del dovere
References in classic literature ?
If this had been done, it would doubtless have been interpreted into an entire dereliction of the federal principle; and would certainly have deprived the State governments of that absolute safeguard which they will enjoy under this provision.
"Madame," replied Villefort, with a mournful smile, "I have already had the honor to observe that my father has -- at least, I hope so -- abjured his past errors, and that he is, at the present moment, a firm and zealous friend to religion and order -- a better royalist, possibly, than his son; for he has to atone for past dereliction, while I have no other impulse than warm, decided preference and conviction." Having made this well-turned speech, Villefort looked carefully around to mark the effect of his oratory, much as he would have done had he been addressing the bench in open court.
But on Miss Halcombe's declaring that she only wanted to put some questions which she was too much agitated to ask at that moment, and that she had no intention of misleading the nurse into any dereliction of duty, the woman took the money, and proposed three o'clock on the next day as the time for the interview.
And I believe, in my indignation against myself, I should have put it aside till I had schooled myself into a better frame of mind, and was become more deserving of the honour and privilege of its perusal: but there was my mother looking on, and wishful to know what news it contained; so I read it and delivered it to her, and then went into the schoolroom to attend to the pupils: but amidst the cares of copies and sums--in the intervals of correcting errors here, and reproving derelictions of duty there, I was inwardly taking myself to task with far sterner severity.
I seated myself in a chair, and rocked to and fro, passing harsh judgment on my many derelictions of duty; from which, it struck me then, all the misfortunes of my employers sprang.
I did not, however, intend to pass over his derelictions this time without a remark; I found it would not do.
Summary: Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], July 15 (ANI): Eight officials have been suspended while three others have been issued show-cause notices on the directions of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday for alleged dereliction of duty in the protection of cows.
SHEIKHUPURA -- Ferozewala police registered a case against four police personnel over dereliction of duty on Tuesday.
He warned that dereliction would not be tolerated in this regard.
Reklamong misconduct at dereliction of duty ang inihain ng ahensya sa Office of the Ombudsman.
MEDICS who allowed Newcastle's Swiss defender Fabian Schar to play on after suffering concussion have been accused of a "dereliction of duty".
THE lack of business in the House of Commons shows a "dereliction of duty" and "apathy for the chaos that the countries of the UK face", according to Plaid Cymru's Westminster leader, Liz Saville Roberts MP.