delinquency

[dih-ling-kwuhn-see]
noun, plural delinquencies.
1.
failure in or neglect of duty or obligation; dereliction; default: delinquency in payment of dues.
2.
wrongful, illegal, or antisocial behavior. Compare juvenile delinquency.
3.
any misdeed, offense, or misdemeanor.
4.
something, as a debt, that is past due or otherwise delinquent.

Origin:
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

predelinquency, noun, plural predelinquencies.
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delinquency (dɪˈlɪŋkwənsɪ)
 
n , pl -cies
1.  See juvenile delinquency an offence or misdeed, usually of a minor nature, esp one committed by a young person
2.  failure or negligence in duty or obligation; dereliction
3.  a delinquent nature or delinquent behaviour
 
[C17: from Late Latin dēlinquentia a fault, offence, from Latin dēlinquere to transgress, from de- + linquere to forsake]

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delinquency
1630s, from L. delinquentia, from delinquentem (see delinquent).
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Example sentences
The citation charges him with contributing to the delinquency of minors and
  with allowing minors under his supervision.
Extended families do a heroic job of caring for orphans and preventing
  delinquency.
The last pays irregularly, ending in delinquency and default.
Since then credit-card delinquency rates have been rising steadily but remain
  well below the historic average.
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