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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Recent Examples on the Web Court records show Morrow was arrested in 1999 on a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor in neighboring Butler County. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "54-year-old charged in decades-old sex abuse of 2 teen girls," 13 Feb. 2020 According to inmate records, Edwards also was charged with child abuse without great bodily harm, simple battery and contributing to the delinquency of a minor in addition to the animal abuse charge. Fox News, "Florida man arrested after hanging Navy vet's service dog with electrical cord, punching his son, 16: reports," 5 Feb. 2020 Edwards was arrested on charges of torture inflicting pain and serious injury resulting in death of an animal and child abuse without causing great bodily harm, battery and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Nicole Acevedo, NBC News, "A man in Florida allegedly killed a veteran's dog for barking too much," 1 Feb. 2020 Edwards was arrested on charges of torture inflicting pain and serious injury resulting in death of an animal; child abuse without great bodily harm; battery by touching or striking; and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Washington Post, "A man hanged a veteran’s support dog for barking, Florida police say," 31 Jan. 2020 This time, delinquencies are coming from a wider range. Washington Post, "Why China’s Debt Defaults Look Set to Pick Up Again," 12 Dec. 2019 Jacob Lathan, 22, also pleaded innocent to one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Nyssa Kruse, Arkansas Online, "Arkansas man pleads innocent to sexual assault of minor," 6 Dec. 2019 Household-debt balances have risen every quarter for five years, and delinquencies for student loans are higher than for any other type of debt. Belinda Luscombe, Time, "The New Way to (Finally) Stop Fighting Over Money With Your Spouse," 31 Oct. 2019 John Mixer, 32, appeared at a Tuesday bond hearing, where Judge Jeffrey MacKay set bail at $100,000 on a felony count of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. Clifford Ward, chicagotribune.com, "Tutor pressured teen student into selling him her Adderall pills, DuPage County prosecutors allege," 3 Dec. 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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The first known use of delinquency was in 1625

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16 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Delinquency.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/delinquency. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for delinquency

delinquency

noun
How to pronounce delinquency (audio)

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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