Dereliction is defined as a shameful or negligent failure to live up to obligations, or to a state of being neglected and dilapidated.(noun)
When a new mother intentionally fails to take care of her newborn baby, this is an example of dereliction.
See dereliction in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: L derelictio: see derelict
See dereliction in American Heritage Dictionary 4
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