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delinquency

noun de·lin·quen·cy \di-ˈliŋ-kwən-sē, -ˈlin-\

: crimes or other morally wrong acts : illegal or immoral behavior especially by young people

: the condition of someone who owes money and is not making payments at the required or expected time

plural de·lin·quen·cies

Full Definition of DELINQUENCY

1
a :  a delinquent act
b :  conduct that is out of accord with accepted behavior or the law; especially :  juvenile delinquency
2
:  a debt on which payment is overdue

Examples of DELINQUENCY

  1. They tried to steer him away from delinquency by giving him a job in their store.
  2. She's been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
  3. a series of minor delinquencies
  4. a high rate of delinquency

First Known Use of DELINQUENCY

1625

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Medical Dictionary

delinquency

noun de·lin·quen·cy \di-ˈliŋ-kwən-sē, -ˈlin-\
plural de·lin·quen·cies

Medical Definition of DELINQUENCY

:  conduct that is out of accord with accepted behavior or the law; especially :  juvenile delinquency

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