American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Willful neglect, as of duty or principle.
- n. The act of abandoning; abandonment.
- n. A state of abandonment or neglect.
- n. Law A gaining of land by the permanent recession of the water line.
- n. Law The land so gained.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of leaving with an intention not to reclaim or resume; an utter forsaking; abandonment.
- n. The state of being forsaken or abandoned.
- n. The gaining of land from the water by a change of the water-line.
- n. The land so gained.
- n. Unfaithfulness or remissness; neglect: as, a dereliction of duty.
- n. Synonyms Desertion, relinquishment.
- n. Failure, unfaithfulness.
- n. willful neglect of one's duty
- n. the act of abandoning something, or the state of being abandoned
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of leaving with an intention not to reclaim or resume; an utter forsaking abandonment.
- n. A neglect or omission as if by willful abandonment.
- n. The state of being left or abandoned.
- n. (Law) A retiring of the sea, occasioning a change of high-water mark, whereby land is gained.
- n. willful negligence
- n. a tendency to be negligent and uncaring
“If this dereliction is allowed to persist, it is predictable that more Americans will die, both on foreign battlefields and at home.”
“That right there is what they call dereliction of duty where I come from, Pardner. hoho”
“- In 2006, then Microsoft Vice President Peter Moore apologized for what he called a dereliction of duty to the company's number one gaming platform: The PC.”
“In light of this record, Fein's assertion that Senator Kerry has committed a "constitutional dereliction" is not only wrong, but woefully unconstructive.”
“The worst dereliction is tolerance of rave parties where illegal drugs are sold and used, and minors are sexually exploited.”
“At no point did it cross my mind that by doing this I was in dereliction of duty.”
“And dereliction is a court martial offense. posted by Shaun at”
“So careful was he, in overlooking, by his well-chosen officers, civil and military, every transaction, that the slightest dereliction from the straight order of things was immediately seen and examined into.”
“And she thinks of Eleanor with deep tenderness and enduring love; and humbly prays to Heaven to enable her to do her duty; fearing to love David's boys better than the child of her youth; fearing all things that she thinks are a dereliction from the straight path; and yet walking in it ever, with a pure and earnest heart.”
“Francesco Schettino, Costa Concordia captain, must pay for cowardly actions His name will be a byword for dereliction of duty Captain's cowardice led to a disaster off the coast of Italy.”
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