What does derogation mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. disparagement, depreciation, derogationnoun

    a communication that belittles somebody or something

  2. derogationnoun

    (law) the partial taking away of the effectiveness of a law; a partial repeal or abolition of a law

    "any derogation of the common law is to be strictly construed"


  1. derogationnoun

    An act which belittles; disparagement.

  2. derogationnoun

    The act of derogating; the temporary or partial nullification of a law.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Derogationnoun

    Etymology: derogatio, Latin.

    It was indeed but a wooing ambassage, with good respects to entertain the king in good affection; but nothing was done or handled to the derogation of the king’s late treaty with the Italians. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    That which enjoins the deed is certainly God’s law; and it is also certain, that the scripture, which allows of the will, is neither the derogation nor relaxation of that law. Robert South, Serm.

    Which, though never so necessary, they could not easily now admit, without some fear of derogation from their credit; and therefore that which once they had done, they became for ever after resolute to maintain. Richard Hooker, Preface.

    So surely he is a very brave man, neither is that any thing which I speak to his derogation; for in that I said he is a mingled people, it is no dispraise. Edmund Spenser, on Ireland.

    The wisest princes need not think it any diminution to their greatness, or derogation to their sufficiency, to rely upon counsel. Francis Bacon, Essay 21.

    I say not this in derogation to Virgil , neither do I contradict any thing which I have formerly said in his just praise. Dryden.

    I believe there are none of these patriots who will think it a derogation from their merit to have it said, that they received many lights and advantages from their intimacy with my lord Somers. Joseph Addison, Freeholder, №. 39.


  1. Derogation

    Derogation is a legal term of art.The term is also used in Catholic canon law, and in this context differs from dispensation in that it applies to the law, whereas dispensation applies to specific people affected by the law.


  1. derogation

    Derogation refers to the partial repeal or abolition of a law, regulation, or agreement, usually implying a lessening or detraction of its authority or importance. It can also pertain to the act of disparaging, belittling, or criticizing someone or something unfairly.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Derogationnoun

    the act of derogating, partly repealing, or lessening in value; disparagement; detraction; depreciation; -- followed by of, from, or to

  2. Derogationnoun

    an alteration of, or subtraction from, a contract for a sale of stocks

  3. Etymology: [L. derogatio: cf. F. drogation.]


  1. Derogation

    Derogation is the partial revocation of a law, as opposed to abrogation or the total abolition of a law. The term is used in both civil law and common law. It is sometimes used, loosely, to mean abrogation, as in the legal maxim: Lex posterior derogat priori, i.e. a subsequent law imparts the abolition of a previous one. Derogation differs from dispensation in that it applies to the law, where dispensations applies to specific people affected by the law. In terms of European Union legislation, a derogation can also imply that a member state delays the implementation of an element of an EU Regulation into their legal system over a given timescale, such as five years; or that a member state has opted not to enforce a specific provision in a treaty due to internal circumstances.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of derogation in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of derogation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of derogation in a Sentence

  1. Margaret Hilda Thatcher:

    I have made it quite clear that a unified Ireland was one solution that is out. A second solution was a confederation of two states. That is out. A third solution was joint authority. That is out-that is a derogation of sovereignty.

  2. President Trump:

    To me, what matters most, and what the American people did not vote for and would not vote for is the derogation of the norms, the touchstone of truth, which is the heart of this country.

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    be contingent upon (something that is elided)
    A deny
    B depend
    C emerge
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