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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The boy was arrested on a charge of juvenile delinquency, to wit possession of a BB gun and unlawfully carrying a dangerous weapon. Maria Lovato, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston police looking for a man with a gun instead found a boy with a BB gun, knife," 9 Aug. 2019 The day’s hearing, the ones listed on the docket include guardianship and juvenile delinquency cases. Mary Jo Pitzl, azcentral, "These courts must protect kids' privacy. They also must be public. Can it be done?," 31 July 2019 Additionally, Bynoe had a 1991 juvenile delinquency adjudication for murder and unlawful possession of a firearm, where Bynoe gunned down two teenagers on a Roxbury street, according to the attorney’s office. Danny Mcdonald, BostonGlobe.com, "Roxbury man indicted on drug trafficking, gun charges," 24 July 2019 For one of them, running saved him from juvenile delinquency. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, "The Coach Who Changed Running Forever," 7 June 2019 Perhaps the most famous example of this was legendary actress and singer Eartha Kitt’s famous January 1968 confrontation with first lady, Lady Bird Johnson at the White House during a luncheon that was supposed to be about juvenile delinquency. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "6 Legendary Vietnam-Era Anti-War Movement Protests Everyone Should Know," 3 May 2019 And Kate’s older brother, teenager Teddy (Judah Lewis), is falling into generic juvenile delinquency, which The Christmas Chronicles illustrates not by having him smoke or vandalize something but by having him steal cars. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Netflix’s The Christmas Chronicles introduces a Santa who can get it," 23 Nov. 2018 Getting children off to the right start pays off, reducing juvenile delinquency, addictions, school dropout rates, learning disabilities, obesity and other problems. kansascity, "Jean Paul Bradshaw," 30 June 2018 Getting children off to the right start pays off, reducing juvenile delinquency, addictions, school dropout rates, learning disabilities, obesity and other problems. kansascity, "Jean Paul Bradshaw," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of juvenile delinquency

1816, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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