Derelict Definition

dĕrə-lĭkt
derelicts
adjective
Deserted by the owner; abandoned; forsaken.
Webster's New World
Run-down; dilapidated.
Derelict buildings.
American Heritage
Neglectful of duty; remiss; negligent.
Webster's New World
An object that has been abandoned by its owner; an individual who is homeless, drunk or disorderly.
Webster's New World Law
Of property, that it is abandoned; of a person, that he is remiss in his duties.
Webster's New World Law
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noun
derelicts
A homeless or jobless person; a vagrant.
American Heritage
A property abandoned by the owner; esp., an abandoned ship on the open sea.
Webster's New World
A destitute person, without a home or regular job and rejected by society.
Webster's New World
Land exposed by the receding of water.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Derelict

Noun

Singular:
derelict
Plural:
derelicts

Origin of Derelict

  • Latin dērelictus past participle of dērelinquere to abandon dē- de- relinquere to leave behind relinquish

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin derelictus perfect participle of dērelinquō (“I forsake, I abandon”) from dē- + relinquō (“I forsake, I leave”).

    From Wiktionary

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