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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.
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British Dictionary definitions for predelinquency

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
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Word Origin and History for predelinquency

delinquency

n.

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

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