Definition of dilapidation in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪlapɪˈdeɪʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
1The state or process of falling into decay or being in disrepair: the mill was in a state of dilapidation
More example sentences
  • But Jack won't support the idea of the Royal High School being utilised for a good cause, and instead, seemingly, wishes it to fall into dilapidation, and another of Scotland's natural historical sites to be lost.
  • After it ceased operating as a hotel, the building fell into dilapidation, and was subject to vandalism, leaving it something of an eyesore in recent years.
  • Disrepair and dilapidation unnecessarily subjects both caregiver and patient to preventable risk for injury.
1.1 (dilapidations) Repairs required during or at the end of a tenancy or lease.
Example sentences
  • We note that you anticipated your clients will now seek to refuse consent on the basis of the alleged dilapidations.
  • The plan is to sign a short-term contract, and then see what happens with a) the rent and b) the current dilapidations.
  • You have not chosen to particularise what defects and dilapidations you refer to.
1.2 [count noun] Law A cause of action to force a tenant to pay for dilapidations.
Example sentences
  • That was the schedule of dilapidations prepared at the end of the lease.
  • That company has not implemented the schedule of dilapidations and yet occupies part of the Premises and has sub-let other parts.
  • Because they are using the money reserved for dilapidation as rent, what will we have if they trash the flat?
1.3(In church use) a sum charged against an incumbent for wear and tear during a tenancy.


Late Middle English (also in the sense 'squandering, waste'): from late Latin dilapidatio(n-), from Latin dilapidare 'demolish, squander' (see dilapidate).

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