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n. something or someone who is abandoned, such as a ship left to drift at sea or a homeless person ignored by family and society.
DERELICT, common law. This term is applied in the common law in a different
sense from what it bears in the civil law. In the former it is applied to
lands left by the sea.
2. When so left by degrees the derelict land belongs to the owner of the soil adjoining but when the sea retires suddenly, it belongs to the government. 2 Bl. Com. 262 1 Bro. Civ. Law, 239; 1 Sumn. 328, 490 1 Gallis. 138; Bee, R. 62, 178, 260; Ware, R. 332.