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[dih-ling-kwuh n-see] /dɪˈlɪŋ kwən si/
noun, plural delinquencies.
failure in or neglect of duty or obligation; dereliction; default:
delinquency in payment of dues.
wrongful, illegal, or antisocial behavior.
any misdeed, offense, or misdemeanor.
something, as a debt, that is past due or otherwise delinquent.
1630-40; < Late Latin dēlinquentia fault, crime, equivalent to Latin dēlinquent- (stem of dēlinquēns, present participle of dēlinquere to do wrong, equivalent to dē- de- + linquere to leave) + -ia noun suffix; see -ency
Related forms
predelinquency, noun, plural predelinquencies. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for delinquencies
  • Seen as safe only a few months ago, these are now tumbling in value as mortgage delinquencies rise.
  • Currently high mortgage delinquencies and defaults point to a continuing high number of foreclosure sales the next few years.
  • Moody's expects delinquencies to continue to rise through the winter.
  • Rising defaults and delinquencies have dragged earnings.
  • delinquencies on auto, credit cards, and home equity loans have worsened across the industry.
  • The division reported fewer delinquencies last year across its mortgage, consumer lending and real estate portfolios.
  • He falsified material facts regarding his financial delinquencies on his security clearance application.
British Dictionary definitions for delinquencies


noun (pl) -cies
an offence or misdeed, usually of a minor nature, esp one committed by a young person See juvenile delinquency
failure or negligence in duty or obligation; dereliction
a delinquent nature or delinquent behaviour
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin dēlinquentia a fault, offence, from Latin dēlinquere to transgress, from de- + linquere to forsake
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Word Origin and History for delinquencies



1630s, from Latin delinquentia "fault, crime, delinquency," from delinquentem (see delinquent).

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