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.
An example of a derelict is a homeless person who lives on the streets.
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”).