Derogation definition

derəgāzhən
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In legislation, partially repealing or limiting the scope of common law or prior statutes.
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Disparagement; detraction.
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(law) The act of derogating; the temporary or partial nullification of a law.
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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.

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A lowering of oneself; loss of rank.
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An act which belittles; disparagement.
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A lessening or weakening (of power, authority, position, etc.)
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
derogation
Plural:
derogations

Origin of derogation

  • From Old French derogacion (French dérogation), from Latin derogatio.

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