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DILAPIDATION. Literally, this signifies the injury done to a building by taking stones from it; but in its figurative, which is also its technical sense, it means the waste committed or permitted upon a building.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Paul Miller, on behalf of the applicant, said: "The building is in a very poor state of dilapidation.
As no guards had been deputed at the parks, which were now used by the youth to play football, cricket and other games there and in the process further added to their dilapidation, he added.
The briefing was followed by a request from Memang Perkasa Sdn Bhd to carry out the dilapidation survey within Trellises compound on March 19.
"The site cannot be allowed to fall further into dilapidation, nor for that matter should it be acquired for cheap commercial purposes.
"We have seen considerable growth over the last 12 months as the industrial market has improved leading to greater demand for our dilapidation services.
The issue of dilapidations relates to the obligation that tenants face at the end of the lease.
Ce compte, selon ces elus, est emaille de moult dysfonctionnements, dilapidation de deniers publics et gestion frauduleuse.
"Le patrimoine religieux et culturel fait l'objet d'actes criminels graves de destruction et, parfois, de dilapidation dans les pays en situation de conflit ou de lutte contre le terrorisme", a indique M.
La Cour penale du Caire a emis hier un verdict de prison a perpetuite contre l'ancien ministre des Finances Youssef Boutros-Ghali, pour dilapidation des fonds publics et falsification de documents officiels.
It is a belief that if ICI had still been here the town centre would not have reached the stage of dilapidation it did and the Forum would not have been threatened.
The minister was reportedly appalled by the scenes of dilapidation he'd witnessed at the station despite up-to-date hardware that had never been put to use.