dereliction

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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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