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

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
Recent Examples on the Web In the same quarter, Gen X presented a 1.53% auto loan delinquency rate, with baby boomers landing even lower at 0.93%. Colin Lodewick, Fortune, 7 June 2022 The Utah Bar Foundation report notes that the average delinquency leading to eviction was $640 in 2019. Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 May 2022 In January, all states logged year-over-year declines in their overall delinquency rate. Brenda Richardson, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 At that time, the total delinquency was $11.9 million, including surcharges and penalties, but the amount due has since dropped to close to $10.1 million because of additional payments made since then. San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Mar. 2022 By comparison, the delinquency rate for direct federal student loans was about 5.3% as of February 2020. Megan Leonhardt, Fortune, 22 Mar. 2022 The increases were fairly small: Charge-offs rose from 0.9% to 0.95% of loans, and delinquency was up from 0.8% to 0.82%. Telis Demos, WSJ, 30 Dec. 2021 Police arrested a man for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, interference with custody and underage possession of alcohol following a traffic stop at 11:53 a.m. April 3. Brian Lisik, cleveland, 10 May 2022 James Khuri was charged with a misdemeanor for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. CBS News, 28 Apr. 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/delinquency. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for delinquency

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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