Derelict

Definition of Derelict

Der´e`lict
a.1.Given up or forsaken by the natural owner or guardian; left and abandoned; as, derelict lands.
The affections which these exposed or derelict children bear to their mothers, have no grounds of nature or assiduity but civility and opinion.
2.Lost; adrift; hence, wanting; careless; neglectful; unfaithful.
They easily prevailed, so as to seize upon the vacant, unoccupied, and derelict minds of his [Chatham's] friends; and instantly they turned the vessel wholly out of the course of his policy.
- Burke.
A government which is either unable or unwilling to redress such wrongs is derelict to its highest duties.
- J. Buchanan.
n.1.(Law) A thing voluntary abandoned or willfully cast away by its proper owner, especially a ship abandoned at sea.

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