dereliction(redirected from derelictions of duty)
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1. Willful neglect, as of duty or principle.
a. The act of abandoning; abandonment.
b. A state of abandonment or neglect.
a. A gaining of land by the permanent recession of the water line.
b. The land so gained.
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)
1. deliberate neglect; delinquency: dereliction of duty.
2. the act of abandoning something.
3. the state of being abandoned.
[1590–1600; < Latin dērelictiō]
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|Noun||1.||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"|
|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
1. abandonment, desertion, renunciation, relinquishment The previous owners had rescued the building from dereliction.
(= state: of property) → Verfall m, → Heruntergekommenheit f
dereliction of duty → Pflichtversäumnis nt