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n. 1) abandoning possession, which is sometimes used in the phrase "dereliction of duty." It includes abandoning a ship, which then becomes a "derelict" which salvagers can board. 2) an old expression for increase of land due to gradual lowering of a tide line (which means the land is building up). (See: derelict)
derelictionnoun abandonment, breach, culpa, default, defection, delinquency, disregard, dutilessness, evasion, failure in duty, faithlessness, heedlessness, indifference, laxity, laxness, misprision, neglect, neglectfulness, negligence, noncooperation, nonfeasance, omission, relinquishment, remissness, truancy, unconcern, unfaithfulness
Associated concepts: dereliction of duty, moral dereliction
See also: abandonment, abortion, bad faith, blame, breach, contempt, crime, culpability, default, delinquency, desertion, expiration, failure, fault, laches, lapse, laxity, malfeasance, misconduct, misdeed, misdemeanor, misfeasance, neglect, negligence, nonfeasance, omission, responsibility, transgression, vice, violation, wrong