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Meaning & Definition of Delinquency in English

English

Delinquency

/dɪlɪŋkwənsi/

noun

1. Nonpayment of a debt when due

    synonym:
  • delinquency

2. A tendency to be negligent and uncaring

  • "He inherited his delinquency from his father"
  • "His derelictions were not really intended as crimes"
  • "His adolescent protest consisted of willful neglect of all his responsibilities"
    synonym:
  • delinquency
  • ,
  • dereliction
  • ,
  • willful neglect

3. An antisocial misdeed in violation of the law by a minor

    synonym:
  • delinquency
  • ,
  • juvenile delinquency