Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of impairing effect in whole or in part; limitation as to extent, or restraint as to operation: as, a statute in derogation of the common law must not be enlarged by construction.
  • noun The act of impairing or seeking to impair merit, reputation, or honor; a lessening of value or estimation; detraction; disparagement.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of derogating, partly repealing, or lessening in value; disparagement; detraction; depreciation; -- followed by of, from, or to.
  • noun (Stock Exch.) An alteration of, or subtraction from, a contract for a sale of stocks.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An act which belittles; disparagement.
  • noun law The act of derogating; the temporary or partial nullification of a law.

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

  • noun a communication that belittles somebody or something
  • noun (law) the partial taking away of the effectiveness of a law; a partial repeal or abolition of a law

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Examples

  • Capital must be protected as other property rights, but not in derogation of adverse impacts on the rights of individual living people and living biological systems that have existential value beyond the market.

    Jonathan Granoff: The Human Capacity for Creativity and Destruction: How Will It All Play Out?

  • The State Department often asserts, falsely, that the signing of a treaty “ad referendum” obliges the U.S. to do nothing in derogation of the treaty terms during its pendency before the Senate.

    Optimism Watch: Instapundit/Israel/Obama edition. | RedState

  • Capital must be protected as other property rights, but not in derogation of adverse impacts on the rights of individual living people and living biological systems that have existential value beyond the market.

    Jonathan Granoff: The Human Capacity for Creativity and Destruction: How Will It All Play Out?

  • Did you say to men: "˜Worship me and my mother as gods in derogation of Allah '?"

    Darwin Strips Reality of Purpose?

  • But this was also why the “trust,” formerly a device for protecting widows and orphans, became a term of derogation and hatred.

    The Prize

  • But this was also why the “trust,” formerly a device for protecting widows and orphans, became a term of derogation and hatred.

    The Prize

  • The Liberal Democrats will today strike out against the government's plans for the house arrest of suspected terrorists by saying they will oppose the measure in the Lords, arguing that it requires derogation from the European convention on human rights.

    February 2005

  • The Liberal Democrats will today strike out against the government's plans for the house arrest of suspected terrorists by saying they will oppose the measure in the Lords, arguing that it requires derogation from the European convention on human rights.

    Archive 2005-02-01

  • Antidiscrimination laws are in derogation of common law notions of freedom, and that is why many conservatives opposed them when they were first proposed, arguing that they gave minorities special rights.

    Balkinization

  • Antidiscrimination laws are in derogation of common law notions of freedom, and that is why many conservatives opposed them when they were first proposed, arguing that they gave minorities special rights.

    Balkinization

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