Duhaime's Law Dictionary

Dereliction Definition:

The enlarging of land adjacent to water by the gradual retreat of the water line.

Related Terms: Avulsion, Alluvion

Similar to alluvion except that dereliction is not the land gained by the gradual deposit of land by the force of water; rather, deriliction is the exposure of land caused by the gradual retreat of a water line.

It is sometimes referred to as the opposite of alluvion.

In civil law, dereliction refers to goods permenantly abandoned by an owner; thus, similar to the term derelict of maritime law.


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