dereliction

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin dērelictiō (neglect, abandonment), from dērelinquō (I neglect, abandon), from dē- + re- + linquō (I leave).

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Noun[edit]

dereliction (countable and uncountable, plural derelictions)

  1. willful neglect of one's duty
    The new soldier did not clean his cabin and was scolded for dereliction and disobedience.
    What he did was a terrible dereliction of duty.
  2. the act of abandoning something, or the state of being abandoned

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