Definition of derogation in English:



  • 1An exemption from or relaxation of a rule or law.

    ‘countries assuming a derogation from EC law’
    • ‘Diffuse reciprocity can take many forms, including concessions and derogations, or going out on a limb to persuade the capital for changes or a compromise.’
    • ‘The applicant might obtain breathing spaces before it has to apply the EU rules, but permanent derogations or opt-outs are ruled out from the beginning.’
    • ‘It has been an interesting exercise this year and most particularly with the availability of the various derogations on fallow or ploughed or failed crop land.’
    • ‘They call on the State to seek derogations from the E.U. where such derogations impinge on the economy of an area.’
    • ‘There is provision for certain derogations in Article 5.’
    • ‘But some general principles can be discerned, even if only at the level of the rhetoric of English criminal law (since there are often several exceptions or derogations in practice).’
    • ‘At their most severe, they would put suspects under house arrest, but the government would need to seek a derogation from the clause of the convention protecting freedom of movement and association.’
    • ‘Some would require a derogation from the European Convention on Human Rights.’
    • ‘Unlike the public-service and official-authority exceptions, however, the scope of these derogations is not determined solely by the Court, but has been further defined in secondary legislation.’
    • ‘The technical European legal maximum alcoholic strength for wines that have had no alcohol added is 15 per cent, but derogations are frequently made at this upper limit too, notably for Italy's strongest wines such as Amarone.’
    • ‘The courts, as protectors of such abiding freedoms, must be ever vigilant against derogations from them.’
    • ‘Intensive negotiations over the past year have failed to obtain any derogations which would allow the continuation of the 35 to 40 boat sea angling events in County Sligo, Mayo and Galway.’
    • ‘So, you can have derogations from application of laws to specific groups of people, but never on those bases.’
    • ‘However, the department sought a derogation from that and that has been upheld by the Supreme Court.’
    • ‘‘Both of these derogations were exceptional and were in response to the conditions which existed at the time’.’
    • ‘It has used immigration legislation that is inappropriate for indefinite detention, and it has sought derogations from human rights legislation that cannot be justified except in the short term.’
    • ‘And they didn't ask for or get, adequate derogations.’
    • ‘Still, in order to ensure that the derogation from common law would not be excessive, it was deemed appropriate to limit the duration of the monopoly.’
    • ‘Others were to have derogations until they satisfied the criteria, while the British and Danes negotiated opt-outs allowing them to remain outside unless they should choose to join.’
    • ‘Under the recommendation, key legal documents will be translated but, for now, there is a derogation from the rule that requires European institutions to translate all acts into official languages.’
    immunity, exception, dispensation, indemnity, exclusion, freedom, release, relief, absolution, exoneration
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  • 2mass noun The perception or treatment of someone or something as being of little worth.

    ‘the derogation of women’
    • ‘I don't think the prosecution should sit on their hands in court if the defence is using derogation of victims in mitigation.’
    • ‘That is, low-power parents engaged in more verbal derogation of children than did high-power parents after being primed to think in terms of competition.’
    • ‘Inversely, lack of assets and failure to ‘live nobly’ could in certain circumstances lead to derogation or loss of nobility.’
    • ‘He concludes with a gibe at his colleagues' casual derogation of the blogs.’
    • ‘However, attitudes toward the civil rights of gay people might be directly related to measures of out-group derogation.’
    • ‘Hostile behaviors range from criticism or derogation to actual physical aggression such as pushing or hitting.’
    • ‘After all, ethnic slurs can start out as euphemisms (meant to avoid identifying anyone blatantly by nationality) before evolving into derogations.’
    • ‘For more than a century, we can trace a consistent biological derogation of women, by men, right up to the present.’
    • ‘Some sections of the public are now trained to feast on other people's downfalls and derogation.’
    • ‘It suggests that you can have outgroup derogation without ingroup love prejudice.’
    • ‘Women who have a sense of personal inadequacy may project their views about themselves to a lack of trust and derogation of women in general.’
    • ‘Both hussy and housewife have their origin in Old English huswif, but hussy has undergone semantic derogation.’
    • ‘The semantic derogation of women fulfils a dual function: it helps to construct female inferiority and it also helps to confirm it.’
    • ‘Those failing the test would remain in derogation: to all intents and purposes, they would be excluded from the new institutional framework.’
    • ‘Enthusiasm was a term of derogation among her contemporaries.’


Late Middle English (in the sense ‘impairment of the force of’): from Latin derogatio(n-), from the verb derogare (see derogate).