juvenile delinquency

juvenile delinquency

noun
behavior of a child or youth that is so marked by violation of law, persistent mischievousness, antisocial behavior, disobedience, or intractability as to thwart correction by parents and to constitute a matter for action by the juvenile courts.

Origin:
1810–20

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juvenile delinquency
 
n
antisocial or criminal conduct by juvenile delinquents

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