Dereliction

Definition of Dereliction

Der`e`lic´tion
n.1.The act of leaving with an intention not to reclaim or resume; an utter forsaking abandonment.
Cession or dereliction, actual or tacit, of other powers.
- Burke.
2.A neglect or omission as if by willful abandonment.
A total dereliction of military duties.
- Sir W. Scott.
3.The state of being left or abandoned.
4.(Law) A retiring of the sea, occasioning a change of high-water mark, whereby land is gained.

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