Dereliction Der`e*lic"tion, n. [L. derelictio.] 1. The act of leaving with an intention not to reclaim or resume; an utter forsaking abandonment. [1913 Webster]

Cession or dereliction, actual or tacit, of other powers. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

2. A neglect or omission as if by willful abandonment. [1913 Webster]

A total dereliction of military duties. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

3. The state of being left or abandoned. [1913 Webster]

4. (Law) A retiring of the sea, occasioning a change of high-water mark, whereby land is gained. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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