delinquency

noun
de·​lin·​quen·​cy | \ di-ˈliŋ-kwən-sē How to pronounce delinquency (audio) , -ˈlin-\
plural delinquencies

Definition of delinquency

1a : 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

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Examples of delinquency in a Sentence

They tried to steer him away from delinquency by giving him a job in their store. She's been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. a series of minor delinquencies a high rate of delinquency
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Additional criteria can include the number of payments that are 90 days past due, the number of months since the most recent delinquency, and how many accounts are current. Becky Yerak, WSJ, "AI Helps Auto-Loan Company Handle Industry’s Trickiest Turn," 3 Jan. 2019 Henry Leo Sweeney, who died in 1959, returned to the ministry after after he was convicted of intent to rape and contributing to the delinquency of a minor in 1952. Author: Rachel D'oro, Anchorage Daily News, "7 Alaska clergy members named in Catholic church review of sexual misconduct allegations," 23 Aug. 2019 Chamaine Davis, 25, of the 8100 block of South Drexel Avenue in Chicago, was charged with two counts of burglary, possession of burglary tools, obstructing a peace officer and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Parrott said. Phil Rockrohr, chicagotribune.com, "Mayor says Lincolnwood crime down, compliments police professionalism," 1 Aug. 2019 The plan, which would cost only $5 billion a year for 10 years — a tiny percentage of the federal budget — could do a lot to reduce the country’s still-high levels of violence, crime, school delinquency and other form of social pathology. Noah Smith, Twin Cities, "Noah Smith: Clean up lead before it wrecks more American lives," 21 July 2019 The high mortgage delinquency and foreclosure rates have persisted, said Aaron Scheinwald of the New York Legal Assistance Group. Sophie Kasakove, The New Republic, "New York’s Invisible Climate Migrants," 11 July 2019 That has brought rising loan delinquencies and a regulatory crackdown over the past year. WSJ, "A New Kind of Lender Secretly Tracks Your Car to Make Sure You Pay Up," 27 Nov. 2018 On July 18, police arrested Carrevious Davis on charges of second degree murder with a firearm and contributing to the delinquency of a child. Cristóbal Reyes, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando police want to speak to woman in connection with killing of 17-year-old girl," 29 July 2019 Because there were two juvenile passengers in the car, the man was also charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. cleveland.com, "Drunk man was giving away money at Market District: Solon police blotter," 18 July 2019

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First Known Use of delinquency

1625, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for delinquency

delinqu(ent) entry 2 + -ency

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delinquency

noun

English Language Learners Definition of delinquency

: crimes or other morally wrong acts : illegal or immoral behavior especially by young people
US : the condition of someone who owes money and is not making payments at the required or expected time

delinquency

noun
de·​lin·​quen·​cy | \ di-ˈliŋ-kwən-sē, -ˈlin- How to pronounce delinquency (audio) \
plural delinquencies

Medical Definition of delinquency

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

delinquency

noun
de·​lin·​quen·​cy | \ di-ˈliŋ-kwən-sē How to pronounce delinquency (audio) \
plural delinquencies

Legal Definition of delinquency

1a : 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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