|a.||1.||Given up or forsaken by the natural owner or guardian; left and abandoned; |
|2.||Lost; adrift; hence, wanting; careless; neglectful; unfaithful.|
They easily prevailed, so as to seize upon the vacant, unoccupied, and derelict minds of his [Chatham's] friends; and instantly they turned the vessel wholly out of the course of his policy.
|n.||1.||(Law) A thing voluntary abandoned or willfully cast away by its proper owner, especially a ship abandoned at sea.|
|Noun||1.||derelict - a person unable to support himself|
|2.||derelict - a ship abandoned on the high seas|
Synonyms: abandoned ship
|Adj.||1.||derelict - deserted or abandoned as by an owner; "a derelict ship"|
|2.||derelict - failing in what duty requires; "derelict (or delinquent) in his duty"; "neglectful of his duties"; "remiss of you not to pay your bills"|
DERELICT, common law. This term is applied in the common law in a different
sense from what it bears in the civil law. In the former it is applied to
lands left by the sea.
2. When so left by degrees the derelict land belongs to the owner of the soil adjoining but when the sea retires suddenly, it belongs to the government. 2 Bl. Com. 262 1 Bro. Civ. Law, 239; 1 Sumn. 328, 490 1 Gallis. 138; Bee, R. 62, 178, 260; Ware, R. 332.