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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.
Origin of delinquency
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 delinquency
  • 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.
  • But the longer-term trend is not necessarily evidence of a new plague of delinquency.
  • Another tool, credit scores, measures the risk of delinquency and default.
  • As long as the serious delinquency pipeline grows, a good case can be made that foreclosures will follow.
  • As prices soared and interest rates stayed low, delinquency rates remained low too.
  • Extended families do a heroic job of caring for orphans and preventing widespread delinquency.
  • That's almost double the delinquency rate for loans made one year earlier and at the same point in their terms.
British Dictionary definitions for delinquency


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 delinquency

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

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