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[dih-ling-kwuh nt] /dɪˈlɪŋ kwənt/
failing in or neglectful of a duty or obligation; guilty of a misdeed or offense.
(of an account, tax, debt, etc.) past due; overdue.
of or relating to delinquents or delinquency:
delinquent attitudes.
a person who is delinquent.
Origin of delinquent
1475-85; < Latin dēlinquent-; see delinquency
Related forms
delinquently, adverb
nondelinquent, adjective
predelinquent, adjective
predelinquently, adverb
undelinquent, adjective
undelinquently, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for delinquent
  • By a play on the words, a bum-bailiff was so called, because his duty was to snatch or capture the body of a delinquent.
  • Once a month a "past due" list is sent members indicating distributors and retailers who are delinquent in their bills.
  • Secondary characters include a delinquent bully and a mysterious, benevolent stranger.
  • As a revenue officer, Yancey was charged with collecting taxes from delinquent taxpayers.
  • The perpetrator is an unethical, childish delinquent who deserves to be lambasted for what he did.
  • Five-sixths of the great ranches became tax delinquent.
  • He is not a delinquent type of youngster or destructive kind of youngster.
  • When she didn't pay the duplicate bill, they cut off her service, saying she was delinquent.
  • Thompson was born and grew up in Kentucky, where he was a self-described juvenile delinquent.
  • Eddie is on his way to becoming a juvenile delinquent when he meets Lupe, who changes his world.
British Dictionary definitions for delinquent


someone, esp a young person, guilty of delinquency See juvenile delinquent
(archaic) a person who fails in an obligation or duty
guilty of an offence or misdeed, esp one of a minor nature
failing in or neglectful of duty or obligation
Derived Forms
delinquently, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin dēlinquēns offending; see delinquency
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Word Origin and History for delinquent

late 15c., from Middle French délinquant, from present participle of délinquer (15c.), and directly from Latin delinquentum (nominative delinquens), present participle of delinquere "to fail; be wanting, fall short; offend," from de- "completely" (see de-) + linquere "to leave" (see relinquish). As an adjective, from c.1600.

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