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delinquency

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

Simple Definition of delinquency

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of delinquency

plural delinquencies

  1. 1 a :  a delinquent act b :  conduct that is out of accord with accepted behavior or the law; especially :  juvenile delinquency

  2. 2 :  a debt on which payment is overdue

Examples of delinquency in a sentence

  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



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First Known Use of delinquency

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Medical Dictionary

delinquency

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

Medical Definition of delinquency

plural delinquencies

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




Law Dictionary

delinquency

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noun de·lin·quen·cy \di-ˈliŋ-kwən-sē\

Legal Definition of delinquency

plural delinquencies

  1. 1a :  the quality or state of being delinquent b :  juvenile delinquency <contributing to the delinquency of a minor>

  2. 2 :  a debt on which payment is overdue <consumer loan delinquencies>





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