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noun 
  1. Abandoned property; a ship abandoned at sea.
  2. An abandoned or forsaken person; an outcast.
  • 1911: A rather pathetic figure, the Lady Frances, a beautiful woman, still in fresh middle age, and yet, by a strange chance, the last of what only twenty years ago was a goodly fleet. " Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax" (Norton 2005, p.1364)
    1. A negligent person.
adjective 
  1. Abandoned, forsaken; (of ship) abandoned at sea; dilapidated, neglected.
There was a ship on the island.
  1. Negligent in performing a duty.
Etymology: Latin derelictus past participle of derelinquere 'forsake, abandon' from de + relinquere 'leave, forsake'.


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