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  • willful neglect of one's duty
         The new soldier did not clean his cabin and was scolded for dereliction and disobedience.
  • the act of abandoning something, or the state of being abandoned
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia

Der`e*lic"tion (?), n. [L. derelictio.] 1. The act of leaving with an intention not to reclaim or resume; an utter forsaking abandonment.

Cession or dereliction, actual or tacit, of other powers.

2. A neglect or omission as if by willful abandonment.

A total dereliction of military duties.
Sir W. Scott.

3. The state of being left or abandoned.

4. (Law) A retiring of the sea, occasioning a change of high-water mark, whereby land is gained.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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