follow Dictionary.com

How Well Do You Know English Slang?

delinquency

[dih-ling-kwuh n-see] /dɪˈlɪŋ kwən si/
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.
3.
any misdeed, offense, or misdemeanor.
4.
something, as a debt, that is past due or otherwise delinquent.
Origin
1630-1640
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.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples 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

delinquency

/dɪˈlɪŋkwənsɪ/
noun (pl) -cies
1.
an offence or misdeed, usually of a minor nature, esp one committed by a young person See juvenile delinquency
2.
failure or negligence in duty or obligation; dereliction
3.
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for delinquency
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for delinquency

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for delinquency

26
30
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with delinquency

Nearby words for delinquency