dereliction dereliction  /ˌdɛ rə ˈlɪk ʃən/


  1. (n) willful negligence
  2. (n) a tendency to be negligent and uncaring



  1. The general also dismissed dereliction of duty charges brought against Capt.
  2. Five other soldiers have been charged, four of them for conspiring with Green and one for dereliction of duty for not reporting the crimes.
  3. Jordan faces six counts and up to 16 12 years in prison for alleged cruelty and maltreatment of prisoners, dereliction of duty and other charges.


  1. The real scandal: According observer status to the world’s most powerful leader

    Sol W. Sanders One of the more bizarre aspects of the current deluge of Washington scandals is that their very numbers permit President Barack Obama to finesse and continue to play a role as No. 1 observer and chief political fundraiser. The almost weekly additions to news of the administration’s dereliction of duty and [...]
    on June 17, 2013     Source: World Tribune

  2. EDITORIAL: Local officials must slow down spending

    Gov. Paul LePage’s plan to eliminate municipal revenue sharing in the next two-year budget was roundly, and rightly, denounced by local officials throughout Maine. It was a dereliction of duty on the part of the governor, who acted tough while passing all the work and tough decisions to the cities and towns.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: American Journal

  3. Brazil police say eight firemen evaded duty at deadly nightclub blaze: TV

    RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazilian police accused eight firefighters of dereliction of duty for their alleged failure to enforce fire codes at a nightclub where a January 27 blaze resulted in the deaths of 242 people, the Record TV network reported on Wednesday. The accused, all men, were responsible for inspections of the Boate Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria, a university town in Brazil's ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News


  1. "There's absolutely no justification for the administrator's action," Attorney General Jerry Brown told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday. "It's illegal. It's unconscionable and a gross dereliction of duty."
    on Jan 2, 2008 By: Jerry Brown Source: ABC News

  2. "We can't return to the dereliction of duty that helped deliver this recession," Mr. Obama said. "America can't afford to wait, and we can't look backwards."
    on Feb 6, 2010 By: Barack Obama Source: New York Times

  3. Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley called the EPA's pace of action "a shameful dereliction of duty."
    on May 19, 2008 By: Martha Coakley Source: FOXNews

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