delinquency

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

Definition of delinquency

plural

delinquencies

  1. 1a :  a delinquent actb :  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

Recent Examples of delinquency from the Web

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First Known Use of delinquency

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DELINQUENCY Defined for English Language Learners

delinquency

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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

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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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