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1delinquent

noun de·lin·quent \-kwənt\

: a young person who regularly does illegal or immoral things

Full Definition of DELINQUENT

:  a delinquent person
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Examples of DELINQUENT

  1. a group of violent delinquents

First Known Use of DELINQUENT

15th century

Other Psychology Terms

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2delinquent

adjective

: doing things that are illegal or immoral

: not paid at the required or expected time

: failing to pay an amount of money that is owed

Full Definition of DELINQUENT

1
:  offending by neglect or violation of duty or of law
2
:  being overdue in payment <a delinquent charge account>
3
:  of, relating to, or characteristic of delinquents :  marked by delinquency <delinquent behavior>
de·lin·quent·ly adverb

Examples of DELINQUENT

  1. a school for delinquent children
  2. His delinquent behavior could lead to more serious problems.
  3. The town is trying to collect delinquent taxes.

Origin of DELINQUENT

Latin delinquent-, delinquens, present participle of delinquere to fail, offend, from de- + linquere to leave — more at loan
First Known Use: 1603

Other Psychology Terms

fetish, hypochondria, intelligence, mania, narcissism, neurosis, pathological, psychosis, schadenfreude, subliminal
DELINQUENTLY Defined for Kids

delinquent

noun de·lin·quent \di-ˈliŋ-kwənt\

Definition of DELINQUENT for Kids

:  a usually young person who is guilty of improper or illegal behavior

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