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delinquent

[dih-ling-kwuh nt] /dɪˈlɪŋ kwənt/
adjective
1.
failing in or neglectful of a duty or obligation; guilty of a misdeed or offense.
2.
(of an account, tax, debt, etc.) past due; overdue.
3.
of or pertaining to delinquents or delinquency:
delinquent attitudes.
noun
4.
a person who is delinquent.
Origin
1475-1485
1475-85; < Latin dēlinquent-; see delinquency
Related forms
delinquently, adverb
nondelinquent, adjective
predelinquent, adjective
predelinquently, adverb
undelinquent, adjective
undelinquently, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for delinquently

delinquent

/dɪˈlɪŋkwənt/
noun
1.
someone, esp a young person, guilty of delinquency See juvenile delinquent
2.
(archaic) a person who fails in an obligation or duty
adjective
3.
guilty of an offence or misdeed, esp one of a minor nature
4.
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 delinquently

delinquent

n.

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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