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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 der·e·lict /ˈdɛrəˌlɪkt/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Der·e·lict a.
 1. Given up or forsaken by the natural owner or guardian; left and abandoned; as, derelict lands.
    The affections which these exposed or derelict children bear to their mothers, have no grounds of nature or assiduity but civility and opinion.
 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.   --Burke.
    A government which is either unable or unwilling to redress such wrongs is derelict to its highest duties.   --J. Buchanan.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Der·e·lict, n. Law (a) A thing voluntary abandoned or willfully cast away by its proper owner, especially a ship abandoned at sea. (b) A tract of land left dry by the sea, and fit for cultivation or use.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: deserted or abandoned as by an owner; "a derelict ship"
      2: failing in what duty requires; "derelict (or delinquent) in
         his duty"; "neglectful of his duties"; "remiss of you not
         to pay your bills" [syn: delinquent, neglectful, remiss]
      n 1: a person unable to support himself
      2: a ship abandoned on the high seas [syn: abandoned ship]