juvenile delinquency

noun

Definition of juvenile delinquency

1 : conduct by a juvenile characterized by antisocial behavior that is beyond parental control and therefore subject to legal action
2 : a violation of the law committed by a juvenile and not punishable by death or life imprisonment

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Recent Examples on the Web A year later, California became the first state to drop all administrative fees in juvenile delinquency cases. Annie Sciacca, The Mercury News, "Contra Costa to stop collecting court fees from people getting out of jail or on probation," 18 Sep. 2019 A year later, California became the first state to drop all administrative fees in juvenile delinquency cases. Annie Sciacca, The Mercury News, "Contra Costa to stop collecting court fees from people getting out of jail or on probation," 18 Sep. 2019 Administrators will also refer the student to law enforcement or to another appropriate criminal justice or juvenile delinquency system. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A student was cited after a toy replica gun was recovered from Whitefish Bay High School," 26 Nov. 2019 A year later, California became the first state to drop all administrative fees in juvenile delinquency cases. Annie Sciacca, The Mercury News, "Contra Costa to stop collecting court fees from people getting out of jail or on probation," 18 Sep. 2019 A year later, California became the first state to drop all administrative fees in juvenile delinquency cases. Annie Sciacca, The Mercury News, "Contra Costa to stop collecting court fees from people getting out of jail or on probation," 18 Sep. 2019 Judges have wide leeway to prescribe mental health care, residential treatment, hospitalization or any other remedy to help a child in both cases of juvenile delinquency and where a child is a victim of an abusive or neglectful home. Peter Nickeas, chicagotribune.com, "9-year-old central Illinois boy charged with murder in fatal fire that killed 5 ‘made a terrible mistake,’ but he’s ‘not a monster,’ mom says," 10 Oct. 2019 A year later, California became the first state to drop all administrative fees in juvenile delinquency cases. Annie Sciacca, The Mercury News, "Contra Costa to stop collecting court fees from people getting out of jail or on probation," 18 Sep. 2019 A year later, California became the first state to drop all administrative fees in juvenile delinquency cases. Annie Sciacca, The Mercury News, "Contra Costa to consider waiving certain court fees," 13 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of juvenile delinquency

1816, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Jan 2020

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“Juvenile delinquency.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/juvenile%20delinquency. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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juvenile delinquency

noun

Medical Definition of juvenile delinquency

1 : conduct by a juvenile characterized by antisocial behavior that is subject to legal action
2 : a violation of the law committed by a juvenile that would have been a crime if committed by an adult

juvenile delinquency

noun

Legal Definition of juvenile delinquency

: a violation of the law committed by a juvenile that would have been a crime if committed by an adult also : antisocial behavior by juveniles that is subject to legal action

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