- The definition of delinquent is something improper or criminal in nature or something that is late in being done.
- An example of delinquent behavior is robbing a store.
- An example of delinquent is a credit card payment that should have been paid several months earlier.
- A delinquent is defined as a person, especially someone young, who has done something society considers wrong or criminal.
An example of a delinquent is a child who has stolen a car.
delinquent definition by Webster's New World
- failing or neglecting to do what duty or law requires
- ☆ past the time for payment; overdue: delinquent taxes
Origin: Classical Latin delinquens: see delinquency
- delinquently adverb
delinquent definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Failing to do what law or duty requires.
- Overdue in payment: a delinquent account.
- A juvenile delinquent.
- A person who neglects or fails to do what law or duty requires.
Origin: Latin dēlinquēns, dēlinquent-, present participle of dēlinquere, to offend : dē-, de- + linquere, to leave, abandon; see leikw- in Indo-European roots.
- de·linˈquent·ly adverb
delinquent - Business Definition
delinquent - Legal Definition
- A person who fails to perform a legal or contractual obligation, or who is guilty of illegal or disorderly behavior.
- Of a person failing to perform a legal or contractual obligation, or who is engaging in illegal or disorderly behavior.