Definition of dereliction in English:


Line breaks: dere|lic¦tion
Pronunciation: /dɛrəˈlɪkʃ(ə)n


[mass noun]
  • 1The state of having been abandoned and become dilapidated: a 15th-century farmhouse has been saved from dereliction
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    • The business park will help regenerate this area disadvantaged by years of industrial decay and dereliction.
    • At first he was turned down - the Commission said no-one would want to come to such a scene of industrial dereliction.
    • There would have been no poll tax, race riots, rail privatisation and less industrial dereliction.
    dilapidation, disrepair, decrepitude, deterioration, ruin, rack and ruin; abandonment, neglect, disuse, desertion, rejection, forsaking


late 16th century: from Latin derelictio(n-), from the verb derelinquere (see derelict).

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