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Meaning of DERELICT

Pronunciation:  'derulikt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a ship abandoned on the high seas
  2. [n]  a person unable to support himself
  3. [adj]  failing in what duty requires; "derelict (or delinquent) in his duty"; "neglectful of his duties"; "remiss of you not to pay your bills"
  4. [adj]  deserted or abandoned as by an owner; "a derelict ship"

DERELICT is a 8 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: abandoned ship, delinquent, forsaken, neglectful, negligent, remiss
 See Also: pauper, poor man, ship



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Der"e*lict\, a. [L. derelictus, p. p. of derelinquere
    to forsake wholly, to abandon; de- + relinquere to leave. See
    1. Given up or forsaken by the natural owner or guardian;
       left and abandoned; as, derelict lands.
             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; neglectful;
             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 policy.
             A government which is either unable or unwilling to
             redress such wrongs is derelict to its highest
             duties.                               --J. Buchanan.
  2. \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.
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