AskDefine | Define delinquency

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1 nonpayment of a debt when due
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" [syn: dereliction, willful neglect]
3 an antisocial misdeed in violation of the law by a minor [syn: juvenile delinquency]

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Extensive Definition

A delinquent is one who fails to do that which is required by law or by duty when such failure is minor in nature.
The term is often used to refer to a juvenile who commits a minor criminal act—juvenile delinquents.
In other cases, a delinquent is a person who fails to pay a debt or other financial obligation, like a mortgage. Failure to cure a delinquent payment can result in repossession or foreclosure.

See also

delinquency in Czech: Pachatel
delinquency in German: Delinquent
delinquency in Lithuanian: Teisės pažeidėjas
delinquency in Russian: Личность преступника
delinquency in Serbian: Делинквент

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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