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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.
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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
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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]
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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
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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.
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dereliction

noun
Nonperformance of what ought to be done:
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Translations

dereliction

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

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

[dɛrɪˈlɪkʃn] n dereliction of duty (frm) → negligenza del dovere
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References in classic literature ?
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.