- The definition of derelict is something that has become deserted or neglected or a person who is grossly negligent in fulfilling his duties.
- An example of derelict is a falling-down and rotted, abandoned house.
- An example of derelict is when you fail to pay your child support.
- Derelict is defined as a person who has no assets, home, property or job.
An example of a derelict is a homeless person who lives on the streets.
A derelict building.
derelict definition by Webster's New World
- deserted by the owner; abandoned; forsaken
- ☆ neglectful of duty; remiss; negligent
Origin: Classical Latin derelictus, past participle of derelinquere, to forsake utterly, abandon ; from de-, intensive plush relinquere: see relinquish
- a property abandoned by the owner; esp., an abandoned ship on the open sea
- a destitute person, without a home or regular job and rejected by society
- land exposed by the receding of water
derelict definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Deserted by an owner or keeper; abandoned.
- Run-down; dilapidated.
- Neglectful of duty or obligation; remiss. See Synonyms at negligent.
- Abandoned property, especially a ship abandoned at sea.
- A homeless or jobless person; a vagrant.
- Law Land left dry by a permanent recession of the water line.
Origin: Latin dērelictus, past participle of dērelinquere, to abandon : dē-, de- + relinquere, to leave behind; see relinquish.
derelict - Legal Definition
- An object that has been abandoned by its owner; an individual who is homeless, drunk or disorderly.
- Of property, that it is abandoned; of a person, that he is remiss in his duties.