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delinquent

noun de·lin·quent \ -kwənt \

Definition of delinquent

:a usually young person who regularly performs illegal or immoral acts

Examples of delinquent in a Sentence

  1. a group of violent delinquents

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Origin and Etymology of delinquent


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delinquent

adjective

Definition of delinquent

1 :offending by neglect or violation of duty or of law
  • … were clearly delinquent in not immediately alerting Western Europe to the accident …
  • —Richard Wilson
2 :being overdue in payment
  • a delinquent charge account
  • … efforts to crack down on parents delinquent in child-support payments …
  • —Todd S. Purdum
3 :of, relating to, or characteristic of people who regularly perform illegal or immoral acts :marked by delinquency (see delinquency 1b)
  • delinquent behavior

delinquently

adverb

Examples of delinquent in a Sentence

  1. a school for delinquent children

  2. His delinquent behavior could lead to more serious problems.

  3. The town is trying to collect delinquent taxes.

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Origin and Etymology of delinquent

Latin delinquent-, delinquens, present participle of delinquere to fail, offend, from de- + linquere to leave — more at loan



DELINQUENT Defined for English Language Learners

delinquent

noun

Definition of delinquent for English Language Learners

  • : a young person who regularly does illegal or immoral things


delinquent

adjective

Definition of delinquent for English Language Learners

  • : doing things that are illegal or immoral

  • : not paid at the required or expected time

  • : failing to pay an amount of money that is owed


DELINQUENT Defined for Kids

delinquent

noun de·lin·quent \ di-ˈliŋ-kwənt \

Definition of delinquent for Students

:a usually young person who is guilty of improper or illegal behavior

Medical Dictionary

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delinquent

noun de·lin·quent \ -kwənt \

medical Definition of delinquent

:a transgressor against duty or the law especially in a degree not constituting crime; specifically :juvenile delinquent

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delinquent

adjective

medical Definition of delinquent

1 :offending by neglect or violation of duty or of law
2 :of, relating to, or characteristic of delinquents :marked by delinquency

delinquently

adverb

Law Dictionary

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delinquent

noun de·lin·quent \ di-ˈliŋ-kwənt \

legal Definition of delinquent

:a delinquent person; especially :juvenile delinquent

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delinquent

adjective

legal Definition of delinquent

1 a :offending by neglect or violation of duty or law
  • delinquent acts
b :characterized by juvenile delinquency
  • delinquent youth
2 :being overdue in payment
  • delinquent taxes
  • was delinquent in his child support payments

Origin and Etymology of delinquent

Latin delinquent-, delinquens, present participle of delinquere to commit (an offense), err



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