Abandoned, forsaken; (of ship) abandoned at sea; dilapidated, neglected. (adjective)
Negligent in performing a duty. (adjective)
Property abandoned by its former owner, especially a ship abandoned at sea. (noun)
An abandoned or forsaken person; an outcast. (noun)
A homeless and/or jobless person; a person who is (perceived as) negligent in their personal affairs and hygiene. (This sense is a modern development of the preceding sense.) (noun)
Examples of word derelict
Who wants to live in derelict, isolating urban sprawl, anyway?
Richards shows Brown agonising about how to raise the living standards of the poor â€“ a concern that never animated Tony Blair â€“ by finding stealthy means to fund public services, which, as he reminds us, were close to being in derelict when Labour took power.
Christ I still remember with fear when the dog handler used to get the probationers on night shift to hide for them in derelict bulidings or woodland -
Now that this derelict is discovered, that secret is at risk of being revealed.
In the background, as the hallway monitor told me an anecdote about street wise teachers who brought in derelict vehicles for a free paint job courtesy of teen vandals, was the mandatory Multiculturalism is Strength mural.