Derelict meaning

dĕrə-lĭkt
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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.

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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.

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Neglectful of duty; remiss; negligent.
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A homeless or jobless person; a vagrant.
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Deserted by the owner; abandoned; forsaken.
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A destitute person, without a home or regular job and rejected by society.
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Abandoned, forsake; given up or forsaken by the natural owner or guardian; (of ship) abandoned at sea; dilapidated, neglected.

There was a derelict ship on the island.

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Negligent in performing a duty.
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Lost; adrift; hence, wanting; careless; neglectful; unfaithful.
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Neglectful of duty or obligation; remiss.
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A property abandoned by the owner; esp., an abandoned ship on the open sea.
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Land exposed by the receding of water.
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An object that has been abandoned by its owner; an individual who is homeless, drunk or disorderly.
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Of property, that it is abandoned; of a person, that he is remiss in his duties.
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Property abandoned by its former owner, especially a ship abandoned at sea.
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(dated) An abandoned or forsaken person; an outcast.
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A homeless and/or jobless person; a person who is (perceived as) negligent in their personal affairs and hygiene. (This sense is a modern development of the preceding sense.)
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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