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- Abandonded, forsaken; (of ship) abandonded at sea; dilapidated, neglected.
- Negligent in performing a duty.
- Abandonded property; a ship abandonded at sea.
- An abandonded or forsaken person; an outcast.
- A negligent person.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Der"e*lict (?), a. [L.
derelictus, p. p. of derelinquere to forsake wholly, to
abandon; de- + relinquere to leave. See
Relinquish.] 1. Given up or forsaken by
the natural owner or guardian; left and abandoned; as,
The affections which these exposed or derelict
children bear to their mothers, have no grounds of nature or
assiduity but civility and opinion. Jer.
2. Lost; adrift; hence, wanting; careless;
They easily prevailed, so as to seize upon the vacant,
unoccupied, and derelict minds of his [Chatham's] friends; and
instantly they turned the vessel wholly out of the course of his
A government which is either unable or unwilling to
redress such wrongs is derelict to its highest
duties. J. Buchanan.
Der"e*lict, n. (Law)
(a) A thing voluntary abandoned or willfully
cast away by its proper owner, especially a ship abandoned at
sea. (b) A tract of land left dry by the
sea, and fit for cultivation or use.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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