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dereliction

[der-uh-lik-shuh n] /ˌdɛr əˈlɪk ʃən/
noun
1.
deliberate or conscious neglect; negligence; delinquency:
dereliction of duty.
2.
the act of abandoning something.
3.
the state of being abandoned.
4.
Law. a leaving dry of land by recession of the water line.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin dērelictiōn- (stem of dērelictiō) an abandoning, equivalent to dērelict(us) (see derelict) + -iōn- -ion
Synonyms
1. See neglect. 2. desertion.
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Examples for dereliction
  • He is charged with dereliction of duty and failure to comply with regulations.
  • Post-tenure review would mean that tenure, though guaranteeing academic freedom, no longer protects gross dereliction.
  • dereliction of this duty should be dealt with in a similar manner as a drunk driving offense.
  • To sit at the executive table and neither to know nor to inquire about deals involving billions of dollars is dereliction of duty.
  • His complicity or dereliction of duty or innocence in the affair will now be more difficult to establish.
  • Gays are the philosopher's stone of urban planning-the secret ingredient that turns dereliction into gold.
  • Down amid the eerie dereliction, both the allure and the scepticism are understandable.
  • My willing suspension of this ability would have been a gross dereliction of official and professional duties on my part.
  • Schwartz is charged with eight counts of dereliction of duty.
  • dereliction of duty was a primary cause of soldiers getting into trouble.
British Dictionary definitions for dereliction

dereliction

/ˌdɛrɪˈlɪkʃən/
noun
1.
deliberate, conscious, or wilful neglect (esp in the phrase dereliction of duty)
2.
the act of abandoning or deserting or the state of being abandoned or deserted
3.
(law)
  1. accretion of dry land gained by the gradual receding of the sea or by a river changing its course
  2. the land thus left
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Word Origin and History for dereliction
n.

1590s, "abandonment" (formerly with a wider range than in modern use, e.g. of the sea withdrawing from the land), from Latin derelictionem (nominative derelictio), noun of action from past participle stem of derelinquere (see derelict). Meaning "failure in duty" is from c.1830.

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