delinquent

noun
de·​lin·​quent | \ di-ˈliŋ-kwənt How to pronounce delinquent (audio) , -ˈlin- \

Definition of delinquent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

delinquent

adjective

Definition of delinquent (Entry 2 of 2)

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 sense 1b) delinquent behavior

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Adjective

delinquently adverb

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Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of delinquent in a Sentence

Noun a group of violent delinquents Adjective a school for delinquent children His delinquent behavior could lead to more serious problems. The town is trying to collect delinquent taxes.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This arson was part of a collective nervous breakdown in Chile, ranging from peaceful protests demanding a fairer and less unequal society, to nightly looting of supermarkets and feral criminality, with marauding delinquents robbing homes. The Economist, "Days and nights of rage in Chile," 24 Oct. 2019 The pacing of the first act is fast and furious, setting up the Jersey boys’ origins as juvenile delinquents — OK, felons — the high stakes of failure, and their skill at capturing in music the emotions of working-class stiffs just like them. Terry Byrne, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Jersey Boys’ has the hits, and a captivating story to tell, too," 12 Aug. 2019 Forty-five growers in the state are delinquent, compared to six a year ago, according to figures provided by Alaska's Department of Revenue. Becky Bohrer, Anchorage Daily News, "As marijuana prices tumble, Alaska’s licensed growers worry about taxes," 28 Aug. 2019 The 12-year-old was charged with criminal mischief as a juvenile delinquent. Fox News, "New York girl, 12, charged after swastikas, 'white power' found spray-painted on church, buildings," 29 July 2019 There are two payments due each fiscal year, with the last one considered delinquent after April 10. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Property taxes due in 10 days or risk default," 20 June 2019 Or what the Fourth of July used to be like with the young delinquent down the street. Chris Erskine, San Diego Union-Tribune, "A speedway, a spectacle, a sensational Saturday night," 20 June 2019 The statement also said that through the weeks of protests delinquents and others have been arrested among demonstrators with some trying to steal, harass or be aggressive, the official APS news agency reported. Nadine Achoui-lesage, The Seattle Times, "Clashes mar peaceful protests as Algerians march anew," 12 Apr. 2019 In contrast to 2015, there were no new steel company bond defaults in 2018 excluding previous delinquents, according to data from Wind. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Chinese Overcapacity Returns to Haunt Global Industry," 10 Jan. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective All this, after a mistake in calculating his property taxes left Rafaeli’s account delinquent by just $8.41. Andrew O'reilly | Fox News, Fox News, "Michigan county seized retiree’s home over $8 debt – now he’s fighting back in state’s top court," 18 Nov. 2019 Time is running out for uninsured motorists in Maryland to take advantage of a program that forgives 80 percent of uninsured-driving debts that became delinquent before 2017. Eric Myers, baltimoresun.com, "Deadline nears for Maryland uninsured motorist debt amnesty," 16 Nov. 2019 So the United States would rejoin the agreement as a delinquent member that hadn't fulfilled its obligation to abide by its timeline. Jean Chemnick, Scientific American, "Formal U.S. Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement Looms," 28 Oct. 2019 The delinquent charges include Berea water and sewer bills and Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District fees. Linda G. Kramer, cleveland, "Delinquent Berea water, sewer bills placed on property taxes: Community Voices," 21 Oct. 2019 If found delinquent, they can be confined for a relatively brief period - as Skakel hoped to be - at a youth detention center. Edmund H. Mahony, courant.com, "New law bars public from courtrooms when teens are charged with the most serious felonies," 13 Oct. 2019 When recent college grad Manny has trouble making ends meet, his father-in-law offers him a job evicting delinquent tenants. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV for Oct. 6-12: ‘Throne of Blood’ and more," 4 Oct. 2019 After two previous contracts with Seal Beach, Kirste’s first oil industry audits for any city, MPA collected more than $200,000 in delinquent fees from an oil company. Daily Pilot, "Does oil company owe city of Seal Beach $9 million or more? City officials are drilling for answers," 20 Sep. 2019 Regulators pay attention when loans become delinquent. Orla Mccaffrey, Dallas News, "Fire and fraud: The mystery of a small Texas bank that became the nation's first failure in years," 21 July 2019

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First Known Use of delinquent

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for delinquent

Noun

earlier, "person failing in a duty, offender," borrowed from Middle French delinquant, noun derivative from present participle of delinquer "to commit an offense," borrowed from Latin dēlinquere "to be lacking, fall short of an approved standard, misbehave, commit (an offense)" — more at delinquent entry 2

Adjective

borrowed from Latin dēlinquent-, dēlinquens, present participle of dēlinquere "to be lacking, fall short of an approved standard, misbehave, commit (an offense)," from dē- de- + linquō, linquere (perfect līquī) "to go away from, leave, leave behind, abandon, desist from," going back to Indo-European *li-n-kw-/*li-né-kw- "leaves behind" (whence also Sanskrit riṇákti "[s/he] leaves behind," Avestan irinaxti, Old Irish léicid "[s/he] lets go, leaves behind"), ar-léici "[s/he] lets go, releases, lends," present tense derivative from the base *lei̯kw- "leave behind, distance oneself from," whence also, with varying ablaut, Greek leípō, leípein (aorist élipon) "to leave, quit, be missing," Armenian likʼ "(s/he) left, let go," Old Prussian polāikt "to remain," Lithuanian liekù, lìkti, Germanic *līhwan- "to grant, lend" (whence Old English lēon "to lend, grant," Old Saxon farlīhan, Old High German līhan, Old Norse ljá, Gothic leihwan "to lend")

Note: The specialization of sense in Germanic (from "leave behind" to "lend") is distinctive and has been variously explained. Attention has been drawn to the derivative *laihna- "something lent," perhaps from "something left as a legacy," with apparent counterparts in Indo-Iranian (see loan entry 1), and it has been argued that the noun's influence has restricted the meaning of the verb (see Antoine Meillet, "Sur le suffixe indo-européen *-nes-," Mémoires de la Société Linguistique de Paris, tome 15 [1908-09], pp. 254-56).

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“Delinquent.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/delinquently. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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More Definitions for delinquent

delinquent

noun
How to pronounce delinquent (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of delinquent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a young person who regularly does illegal or immoral things

delinquent

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of delinquent (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

noun
de·​lin·​quent | \ di-ˈliŋ-kwənt How to pronounce delinquent (audio) \

Kids Definition of delinquent

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

delinquent

noun
de·​lin·​quent | \ -kwənt How to pronounce delinquent (audio) \

Medical Definition of delinquent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

delinquent

adjective

Medical Definition of delinquent (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Other Words from delinquent

delinquently adverb

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delinquent

noun
de·​lin·​quent | \ di-ˈliŋ-kwənt How to pronounce delinquent (audio) \

Legal Definition of delinquent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a delinquent person especially : juvenile delinquent

delinquent

adjective

Legal Definition of delinquent (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : 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

History and Etymology for delinquent

Adjective

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

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