Delinquent definition

dĭ-lĭngkwənt, -lĭn-
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A person who neglects or fails to do what law or duty requires.
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Past the time for payment; overdue.

Delinquent taxes.

adjective
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A juvenile delinquent.
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A delinquent person; esp., a juvenile delinquent.
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Failing to do what law or duty requires.
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Failing in or neglectful of a duty or obligation; guilty of a misdeed or offense.
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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.

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Failing or neglecting to do what duty or law requires.
adjective
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Of a person failing to perform a legal or contractual obligation, or who is engaging in illegal or disorderly behavior.
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Late or failing to pay a debt or other financial obligation, like a mortgage or loan.

Fred is delinquent in making his car payment.

The company made a new effort to collect delinquent payments.

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One who disobeys or breaks rules or laws.
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Overdue in payment.

A delinquent account.

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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.

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A person who fails to perform a legal or contractual obligation, or who is guilty of illegal or disorderly behavior.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
delinquent
Plural:
delinquents

Origin of delinquent

  • Latin dēlinquēns dēlinquent- present participle of dēlinquere to offend dē- de- linquere to leave, abandon leikw- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French délinquant

    From Wiktionary