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Meaning of dereliction

der•e•lic•tion

Pronunciation: (der"u-lik'shun), [key]
— n.
  1. deliberate or conscious neglect; negligence; delinquency: dereliction of duty.
  2. the act of abandoning something.
  3. the state of being abandoned.
  4. a leaving dry of land by recession of the water line.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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