Legal Definition and Related Resources of Reliction

Meaning of Reliction

The process of gradual exposure of land by permanent recession of body of water . title to such land at common law , belongs to the riparian owner .

Reliction Alternative Definition

(Lat. relinquo, to leave behind). An increase of the land by the retreat or recession of the sea or a river. Sometimes called “dereliction.” If the reliction be gradual, the land belongs to the riparian owner, but if it be sudden, and considerable, it belongs to the state (13 N. Y. 296; 1 Gill & J. [Md.] 249), unless the land has been previously lost by submergence (100 N. Y. 424).

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This term is a noun.

Etimology of Reliction

(You may find reliction at the world legal encyclopedia and the etimology of more terms).

in law, “a recession of the sea from the land,” 1670s, from Latin relictionem (nominative relictio), noun of action from past participle stem of relinquere (see relinquish).


See Also

  • Alluvion
  • Derelict







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