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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Other Words from delinquent

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 With no bidders on the remaining tax delinquent Taylor Tudor buildings put up at sheriff’s sale -- not once but twice -- the city has now acquired them through the Cuyahoga County Land Bank for $200. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 24 Aug. 2021 Nicole Johnson was charged nearly four years ago with reckless endangerment and contributing to conditions that leave a child delinquent or in need of supervision. Washington Post, 30 July 2021 The passenger is set to be arraigned in Boston Juvenile Court on charges of delinquent to wit: unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and carrying a loaded firearm. BostonGlobe.com, 29 June 2021 Eventually, the delinquent was escorted off the plane by local police while everyone else flew home. Jennifer Leigh Parker, Forbes, 25 June 2021 But the Manchester kid turned teenage delinquent, then adult criminal (drugs, robberies, home invasion) and was sent to prison for 10 1/2 years. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, 14 June 2021 McDade, who turned 18 on April 28, was adjudicated delinquent of the felony offense of robbery with the threat of force on May 7, 2020. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5 May 2021 Sometimes, the social contract is made explicit, such as when a delinquent like Jolovan Wham mounts an unconscionable challenge to it. The Economist, 17 Apr. 2021 Of the 36 million borrowers who would have their student loans erased entirely, 9.4 million are in default or delinquent on their loans, the data also revealed. Sarah Ewall-wice, CBS News, 13 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Borrowers with mortgages covered by the Cares Act have a number of repayment options, including taking the delinquent balance and adding it to the back end of the loan. Washington Post, 7 Sep. 2021 The percentage of Florida homeowners 90 days or more delinquent, a statistic composed mostly of homeowners in forebearance, was 4.01 on June 30. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, 27 Aug. 2021 Owners of delinquent parcels may pay those taxes online at www.cosl.org using a credit or debit card or print a Petition to Redeem from the website or call the office at 501-324-9422 to request the petition, which must accompany their payment. Arkansas Online, 24 Aug. 2021 Crestview Towers was deemed structurally and electrically unsafe based on a delinquent recertification report for the almost 50-year-old building, according to City Manager Arthur H. Sorey III. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, 10 Aug. 2021 Others may try to push out delinquent renters quickly and fill their rentals with a long wait list of renters looking for housing. Jessica Boehm, The Arizona Republic, 2 Aug. 2021 An estimated 11 million adult renters are considered seriously delinquent on their rent payment, according to a survey by the Census Bureau, but no one knows how many renters are in danger of being evicted in the near future. New York Times, 31 July 2021 Lifting the foreclosure moratorium bringing delinquent inventory could jolt the market, as well. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 July 2021 As the economy withered in 2020, the number of delinquent customers rose, with Xcel peaking at 182,000 in October and CenterPoint Energy at 117,803 in February 2021, according to PUC filings. Maya Miller, Star Tribune, 30 July 2021

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of delinquent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a young person who regularly does illegal or immoral things : juvenile delinquent

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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