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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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 DeVos has also authorized an automatic suspension of payments for any borrower more than 31 days delinquent as of March 13, 2020, or who becomes more than 31 days delinquent. Eric Stirgus, ajc, "Trump suspends federal student loan payments for 60 days," 20 Mar. 2020 County records say 32,000 Detroit properties are tax delinquent, suggest that 25,500 are occupied and that roughly 8,300 are designated occupied and likely to be foreclosed. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Whitmer bans tax foreclosures statewide during coronavirus threat," 18 Mar. 2020 The sports minister of the new government, who had helped with the demolition, told reporters afterward that stadiums shouldn’t be named for delinquents. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "The Fall of Evo Morales," 16 Mar. 2020 Disney Villainous The indisputable board game of the year is this deliciously addictive role-player starring iconic Disney delinquents like Ursula, Jafar, and Captain Hook. Marc Snetiker, EW.com, "EW's 2019 holiday gift guide," 20 Nov. 2019 Lewis noted earlier that one big reason why lot consolidation is required is because separate side lot parcels are the first to go tax delinquent. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Shaker Heights revamps city side lot program, to be rolled out in late spring," 25 Feb. 2020 More than 1 out of 10 students were 90 days delinquent in paying their student loans or were in default at the end of 2019. Jay Heflin, Washington Examiner, "Household debt sets new record of $14.1 trillion," 11 Feb. 2020 The revelries were followed by a wave of nationwide looting and vandalism as his supporters reacted with rage to his ouster and delinquents exploited the chaos. Anatoly Kurmanaev, New York Times, "How an Unknown Female Senator Came to Replace the Bolivian Strongman Evo Morales," 24 Nov. 2019 Forced to tutor students at a school, a young delinquent falls for a minister’s daughter. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019," 22 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The tax case began in June when the Oklahoma Tax Commission told a judge that Lowe and the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park owe the state $50,274 in delinquent sales taxes. Nolan Clay, USA TODAY, "'Tiger King' star Joe Exotic takes feud with former business partner Jeff Lowe to court again," 24 Aug. 2020 The number of borrowers who were delinquent on their mortgages fell by 340,000 last month, a 9 percent drop from June to July, according to data released by Black Knight, a mortgage data and technology company. Washington Post, "Serious mortgage delinquencies soared to a 10-year high last month," 21 Aug. 2020 Susy Vasquez, executive director of the Nevada State Apartment Association, said only about 10% of renters statewide have been delinquent. Robert Kuznia, CNN, "Las Vegas entertainers fear dire straits as weeks of unemployment turn to months," 13 Aug. 2020 By comparison, the percentage of hotel loans that were 30 or more days delinquent at the end of 2019 was just 1.3%. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "1 in 4 hotels can't pay their mortgages," 19 Aug. 2020 Since the start of the pandemic, the number of delinquent loans has skyrocketed. Nicole Norfleet, Star Tribune, "Mall of America tries to return to normalcy as owners continue to struggle," 15 Aug. 2020 The county will pay up to $4,000 to cover delinquent rent. Stephen Hudak, orlandosentinel.com, "Orange County prepares launch of eviction relief program," 14 Aug. 2020 The county is currently part of a court case in which someone purchased more than 500 pieces of property on behalf of someone who was delinquent on their taxes, Wyllie said. Alexandra Kukulka, chicagotribune.com, "Tax sale ordinance OK’d by Lake council; ‘We’ve seen people just ignoring the rules'," 13 Aug. 2020 And 16 percent of retail property loans bundled into CMBS were delinquent in July, according to research firm Trepp. Jeremy Hill, BostonGlobe.com, "Wave of retail bankruptcies may sink landlords," 6 Aug. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/delinquent. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for delinquent

delinquent

noun
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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

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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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