delinquency

noun de·lin·quen·cy \ di-ˈliŋ-kwən-sē , -ˈlin- \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of delinquency

plural delinquencies
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 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

Recent Examples of delinquency from the Web

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First Known Use of delinquency

1625


DELINQUENCY Defined for English Language Learners

delinquency

noun

Definition of delinquency for English Language Learners

  • : 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


Medical Dictionary

delinquency

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

medical Definition of delinquency

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

Law Dictionary

delinquency

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

legal Definition of delinquency

plural delinquencies
1 a : the quality or state of being delinquent
b : juvenile delinquency
  • contributing to the delinquency of a minor
2 : a debt on which payment is overdue
  • consumer loan delinquencies


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