from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Deserted by an owner or keeper; abandoned.
  • adj. Run-down; dilapidated.
  • adj. Neglectful of duty or obligation; remiss. See Synonyms at negligent.
  • n. Abandoned property, especially a ship abandoned at sea.
  • n. A homeless or jobless person; a vagrant.
  • n. Law Land left dry by a permanent recession of the water line.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Abandoned, forsaken; (of ship) abandoned at sea; dilapidated, neglected.
  • adj. Negligent in performing a duty.
  • n. Property abandoned by its former owner, especially a ship abandoned at sea.
  • n. An abandoned or forsaken person; an outcast.
  • n. A homeless and/or jobless person; a person who is (perceived as) negligent in their personal affairs and hygiene. (This sense is a modern development of the preceding sense.)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Given up or forsaken by the natural owner or guardian; left and abandoned.
  • adj. Lost; adrift; hence, wanting; careless; neglectful; unfaithful.
  • n. A thing voluntary abandoned or willfully cast away by its proper owner, especially a ship abandoned at sea.
  • n. A tract of land left dry by the sea, and fit for cultivation or use.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Left; abandoned by the owner or guardian.
  • Unfaithful; neglectful of requirement or responsibility: as, derelict in duty.
  • n. That which is abandoned; in law, an article of goods or any commodity thrown away, relinquished, or abandoned by the owner; specifically, a vessel abandoned at sea.
  • n. Land left dry by a change of the water-line.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a ship abandoned on the high seas
  • adj. worn and broken down by hard use
  • adj. failing in what duty requires
  • n. a person without a home, job, or property
  • adj. in deplorable condition
  • adj. forsaken by owner or inhabitants


Latin dērelictus, past participle of dērelinquere, to abandon : dē-, de- + relinquere, to leave behind; see relinquish.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin derelictus perfect participle of dērelinquō ("I forsake, I abandon") from dē- + relinquō ("I forsake, I leave"). (Wiktionary)



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