The definition of delinquent is something improper or criminal in nature or something that is late in being done.(adjective)
A delinquent is defined as a person, especially someone young, who has done something society considers wrong or criminal.(noun)
An example of a delinquent is a child who has stolen a car.
See delinquent in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: L delinquens: see delinquency
See delinquent in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Latin dēlinquēns, dēlinquent-
Origin: , present participle of dēlinquere, to offend
Origin: : dē-, de-
Origin: + linquere, to leave, abandon; see leikw- in Indo-European roots.
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