- Dereliction is defined as a shameful or negligent failure to live up to obligations, or to a state of being neglected and dilapidated.
When a new mother intentionally fails to take care of her newborn baby, this is an example of dereliction.
dereliction definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- Now Rare an abandoning or forsaking
- Now Rare the state of being abandoned or forsaken
- a neglect of, or failure in, duty; a being remiss
- Law the gaining of land from water by the gradual retreat of the sea below the usual watermark
Origin: Classical Latin derelictio: see derelict
dereliction definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- Willful neglect, as of duty or principle.
- a. The act of abandoning; abandonment.b. A state of abandonment or neglect.
- Law a. A gaining of land by the permanent recession of the water line.b. The land so gained.
dereliction - Legal Definition
- The committing of a breach, typically of a duty.
- An increase in land caused by the recession of sea, river, or other body of water formerly covering it. Ownership is a function of how rapidly the water receded. See also reliction.