pre delinquency


noun, plural delinquencies.
failure in or neglect of duty or obligation; dereliction; default: delinquency in payment of dues.
wrongful, illegal, or antisocial behavior. Compare juvenile delinquency.
any misdeed, offense, or misdemeanor.
something, as a debt, that is past due or otherwise delinquent.

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

predelinquency, noun, plural predelinquencies. Unabridged
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delinquency (dɪˈlɪŋkwənsɪ)
n , pl -cies
1.  See juvenile delinquency an offence or misdeed, usually of a minor nature, esp one committed by a young person
2.  failure or negligence in duty or obligation; dereliction
3.  a delinquent nature or delinquent behaviour
[C17: from Late Latin dēlinquentia a fault, offence, from Latin dēlinquere to transgress, from de- + linquere to forsake]

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Word Origin & History

1630s, from L. delinquentia, from delinquentem (see delinquent).
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