- Derogation is defined as a weakening of power or position.
- If a state passes a law imposing a tax and the Court rules that they do not have the power to actually collect the tax, this is an example of derogation.
- If you talk down to someone who you believe has less money than you and make him feel worthless, this is an example of derogation.
derogation 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.
- a lessening or weakening (of power, authority, position, etc.)
- disparagement; detraction
- a lowering of oneself; loss of rank
Origin: Middle English derogacioun ; from Old French derogation ; from Classical Latin derogatio: see derogate
derogation - Legal Definition
In legislation, partially repealing or limiting the scope of common law or prior statutes.