What does derelict mean?

Definitions for derelict
ˈdɛr ə lɪktderelict

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. derelictnoun

    a person without a home, job, or property

  2. abandoned ship, derelictadjective

    a ship abandoned on the high seas

  3. creaky, decrepit, derelict, flea-bitten, run-down, woebegoneadjective

    worn and broken down by hard use

    "a creaky shack"; "a decrepit bus...its seats held together with friction tape"; "a flea-bitten sofa"; "a run-down neighborhood"; "a woebegone old shack"

  4. abandoned, derelict, desertedadjective

    forsaken by owner or inhabitants

    "weed-grown yard of an abandoned farmhouse"

  5. derelict, delinquent, neglectful, remissadjective

    failing in what duty requires

    "derelict (or delinquent) in his duty"; "neglectful of his duties"; "remiss of you not to pay your bills"

  6. bedraggled, broken-down, derelict, dilapidated, ramshackle, tatterdemalion, tumble-downadjective

    in deplorable condition

    "a street of bedraggled tenements"; "a broken-down fence"; "a ramshackle old pier"; "a tumble-down shack"


  1. derelictnoun

    Property abandoned by its former owner, especially a ship abandoned at sea.

  2. derelictnoun

    An abandoned or forsaken person; an outcast.

  3. derelictnoun

    A homeless and/or jobless person; a person who is (perceived as) negligent in their personal affairs and hygiene.

  4. derelictadjective

    Abandoned, forsaken; (of ship) abandoned at sea; dilapidated, neglected.

    There was a derelict ship on the island.

  5. derelictadjective

    Negligent in performing a duty.

  6. Etymology: derelictus perfect participle of derelinquo from de- + relinquo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Derelictadjective

    given up or forsaken by the natural owner or guardian; left and abandoned; as, derelict lands

  2. Derelictadjective

    lost; adrift; hence, wanting; careless; neglectful; unfaithful

  3. Derelictnoun

    a thing voluntary abandoned or willfully cast away by its proper owner, especially a ship abandoned at sea

  4. Derelictnoun

    a tract of land left dry by the sea, and fit for cultivation or use

  5. Etymology: [L. derelictus, p. p. of derelinquere to forsake wholly, to abandon; de- + relinquere to leave. See Relinquish.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Derelict

    der′e-likt, adj. forsaken: abandoned.—n. anything forsaken or abandoned.—n. Derelic′tion, act of forsaking, unfaithfulness or remissness: state of being abandoned: land gained from the water by a change of water-line. [L. derelinquĕre, -lictum,—de, inten., and linquĕre, to leave.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. derelict

    [Lat. derelictus, abandoned]. Anything abandoned at sea. A ship is derelict either by consent or by compulsion, stress of weather, &c., and yet, to save the owner's rights, if any cat, dog, or other domestic animal be found on board alive, it is not forfeited. The owner may yet recover, on payment of salvage, within a year and a day--otherwise the whole may be awarded. (See salvage.)

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of derelict in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of derelict in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of derelict in a Sentence

  1. Nancy Pelosi:

    We gather today under the dome of this temple of democracy to exercise one of the most solemn powers that this body can take : The impeachment of the President of the United States, if we do not act now we would be derelict in our duty. It is tragic that the President's reckless actions make impeachment necessary. He gave us no choice.

  2. Nancy Pelosi:

    Very sadly now, our founders' vision of a republic is under threat from actions from the White House, that is why today, as Speaker of the White House, I solemnly and sadly open the debate on the impeachment of the President of United States. If we do not act now, we would be derelict in our duty. It is tragic that the President's reckless actions make impeachment necessary. He gave us no choice.

  3. Bob Gibbs:

    The President is derelict in his duty, having repeatedly said he lacks the authority to extend the CDC’s eviction moratorium, then extending it anyway, his actions on the border represent a negligence in keeping America secure.We need to cut this off at the pass now and show we will not stand for clearly unconstitutional actions.

  4. Nancy Pelosi:

    If we do not act now, we would be derelict in our duty. It is tragic that the president's reckless actions make impeachment necessary.

  5. Chris Cuomo:

    Any confidence the world had in our country is now, ummm, gone, saigon, circa 1975, steroids, and former defense secretary and CIA director Leon Panetta, yeah, rightly calling it Biden’s Bay of Pigs and thanks to the actions of our derelict, low-functioning president … the absolute worst-case scenario has been playing out before our eyes.

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  • изоставен, напуснатBulgarian
  • vrakCzech
  • verfallen, aufgegeben-ein verlassenes SchiffGerman
  • paria, negligente, abandonadoSpanish
  • متروکPersian
  • hylätty, hylky, omaisuus, huolimaton, välinpitämätön, hylkiö, hulttioFinnish
  • clochard, paria, délaissé, abandonné, en ruines, épave, négligentFrench
  • faillitheoir, díbeartach, fágtha béal in airde, tréigthe, faillíoch, long thréigthe, éan scoite, faillitheachIrish
  • trascurato, relitto, rifiuto, abbandonato, negligente, relitto della società, derelittoItalian
  • נָטוּשׁHebrew
  • porzuconyPolish
  • negligente, abandonadoPortuguese
  • бесхозный, отверженный, покинутый, отщепенец, брошенный, изгойRussian
  • vô chủVietnamese

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    the transparent covering of an aircraft cockpit
    • A. nitrile
    • B. serendipity
    • C. canopy
    • D. reciprocal

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