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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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  • In certain cities old-fashioned hostesses, it is said, exclude delinquents.
  • They take the delinquents to a judge, and the next day he is out again free on the streets.
  • Also, if part of the problem is inadequate sentencing or rehabilitation of delinquents, commissioners can do nothing about that.
  • We have our delinquents and our dropouts--the works.
  • One trusts he didn't mean these dancing delinquents will be roughing up random patrons during intermission.
  • Everyone hates the idea of paying more in taxes but honest taxpayers are subsidizing tax cheats, deadbeats and delinquents.
  • Calzone will serve as a volunteer who works with delinquents or potential delinquents, as required by public law.
British Dictionary definitions for delinquents

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 delinquents

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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