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 for derelict
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Derelict \Der"e*lict\, a. [L. derelictus, p. p. of derelinquere
     to forsake wholly, to abandon; de- + relinquere to leave. See
     Relinquish.]
     1. Given up or forsaken by the natural owner or guardian;
        left and abandoned; as, derelict lands.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              The affections which these exposed or derelict
              children bear to their mothers, have no grounds of
              nature or assiduity but civility and opinion. --Jer.
        Taylor.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. Lost; adrift; hence, wanting; careless; neglectful;
        unfaithful.
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              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.
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              A government which is either unable or unwilling to
              redress such wrongs is derelict to its highest
              duties.                               --J. Buchanan.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Derelict \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.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  derelict
      adj 1: worn and broken down by hard use; "a creaky shack"; "a
             decrepit bus...its seats held together with friction
             tape"; "a flea-bitten sofa"; "a run-down neighborhood";
             "a woebegone old shack" [syn: creaky, decrepit,
             derelict, flea-bitten, run-down, woebegone]
      2: forsaken by owner or inhabitants ; "weed-grown yard of an
         abandoned farmhouse" [syn: abandoned, derelict,
         deserted]
      3: failing in what duty requires; "derelict (or delinquent) in
         his duty"; "neglectful of his duties"; "remiss of you not to
         pay your bills" [syn: derelict, delinquent, neglectful,
         remiss]
      4: in deplorable condition; "a street of bedraggled tenements";
         "a broken-down fence"; "a ramshackle old pier"; "a tumble-
         down shack" [syn: bedraggled, broken-down, derelict,
         dilapidated, ramshackle, tatterdemalion, tumble-down]
      n 1: a person without a home, job, or property
      2: a ship abandoned on the high seas [syn: abandoned ship,
         derelict]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  174 Moby Thesaurus words for "derelict":
     Bowery bum, DP, Ishmael, abandoned, battered, beachcomber, beat-up,
     beaten up, beggar, beggarly fellow, behindhand, blighter,
     broken-down, budmash, bum, bummer, caitiff, careless, cast-off,
     castaway, castoff, culpably negligent, declasse, decrepit,
     delinquent, deserted, desolate, devil, dilapidated, dilatory,
     dingy, disaffected, discard, discarded, disloyal, disowned,
     displaced person, disregardful, disused, dogie, down-and-out,
     drifter, drunkard, evictee, exile, expatriate, expellee, faded,
     faithless, false, fickle, floater, flotsam, flotsam and jetsam,
     forsaken, foundling, good-for-naught, good-for-nothing, heedless,
     hobo, human wreck, in ruins, inadvertent, inattentive, inconstant,
     irresponsible, jetsam, jettisoned, junk, lagan, laissez-faire, lax,
     lazzarone, left, leper, loafer, loose, lowlife, malingerer,
     marooned, mauvais sujet, mean wretch, mucker, neglected,
     neglectful, neglecting, negligent, no-good, noninterfering,
     nonrestrictive, not true to, of bad faith, off-guard, orphan,
     outcast, outcast of society, outcaste, outlaw, outside the gates,
     outside the pale, overly permissive, pariah, pauvre diable,
     permissive, persona non grata, pilgarlic, poor creature,
     poor devil, procrastinating, ramshackle, recreant, refuse,
     regardless, reject, rejected, relaxed, remiss, rubbish, ruined,
     ruinous, run-down, sad case, sad sack, scamping, seedy, shabby,
     skid-row bum, skimping, slack, slacker, slighting, slipshod,
     sloppy, slovenly, slummy, slurring, social outcast, solitary,
     stiff, street arab, sundowner, swagman, threadbare, tottery, tramp,
     trash, trothless, truant, tumbledown, unacceptable person,
     uncircumspect, uncouth, undependable, undesirable, unfaithful,
     unguarded, unloyal, unreliable, unrigorous, unsteadfast,
     untouchable, untrue, untrustworthy, unwary, unwatchful, vag,
     vagabond, vagrant, vaurien, waif, waifs and strays, wastrel,
     worthless fellow, wretch
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  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. 
  
  

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