Definition of delinquent in English:

delinquent

adjective

  • 1(typically of a young person) tending to commit crime, particularly minor crime.

    ‘delinquent teenagers’
    • ‘His guess as to how many of the little delinquent brats he works with will wind up in jail: Not too many of them.’
    • ‘But they are commonly seen as aberrations from a peaceful norm, or as the exceptional behaviour of a few young and delinquent drivers.’
    • ‘In fact, they mattered more than her wretchedness, even more than my loved, lost and delinquent father who had put us in this situation.’
    • ‘She had been teaching English in the state school system where she often worked with troubled or delinquent children.’
    • ‘She got a particularly strong ovation, especially from female patrons, when she rendered a ditty about making delinquent fathers support their children.’
    • ‘The truth is, we're just beginning the real descent into Lawsuit Hell - a place where average citizens injured by delinquent doctors or defective products are denied any recourse.’
    • ‘In his half-mast trousers, short-cut jacket and spiky wig, he looks like a delinquent Jack Horner.’
    • ‘He was on the cusp of becoming a delinquent teenager when a Christian camp counselor asked if he was going to heaven or hell: He decided at that moment to dedicate his life to Christ.’
    • ‘She's also the only proper grown-up on the show, trying to keep her family together as she deals with an unfaithful husband and a delinquent son.’
    • ‘Punish the delinquent employees and also the people who contaminate the atmosphere.’
    • ‘In the aftermath of the incident, his government will have to take quick and resolute steps with thorough probes and punishments of the delinquent officials concerned.’
    • ‘Usually, these delinquent mothers are charged by the police and have to serve a sentence.’
    • ‘‘When the previous home was there, which housed delinquent teenagers, they did not feel the need to fence them in like this,’ she added.’
    • ‘One thinks of Yeats's poem on another delinquent genius, Catullus.’
    • ‘At this level, the authorities must deal with delinquent parents who literally nurture criminals, almost the way other parents work hard to mould their children into decent citizens.’
    • ‘In some places, he used some harsh language to blame the irresponsible parents for their lack of support for their delinquent children.’
    • ‘When we focus only on delinquent students, we allow some of the real culprits in this cycle of school degeneration to escape unscathed.’
    • ‘She was probably some delinquent teenager's mom.’
    • ‘The home was intended to provide temporary shelter for dependent and delinquent children until permanent placement in homes or institutions could be arranged.’
    • ‘He is a farmer who marries a rich woman from the city and finds life in Athens with her and his delinquent son torturous.’
    lawless, lawbreaking, criminal, offending
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  • 2formal Failing in one's duty.

    • ‘Leaflets published outside the country blamed the government, accusing it of being delinquent in carrying out its duties and criticizing the deployment of troops to suppress the uprising.’
    negligent, neglectful, remiss, careless of one's duty, irresponsible, lax, slack
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    1. 2.1North American In arrears.
      ‘delinquent accounts’
      • ‘In the circumstances, it seems extraordinarily delinquent on the part of the regulators to abrogate their collective responsibilities in this area.’
      • ‘At least 16 per cent are delinquent or in foreclosure, and 4.6 percent actually are in foreclosure.’
      • ‘As that happens, you'll see more companies trolling through tax records, looking for delinquent homeowners to exploit.’
      • ‘Proceeds from the sale must be applied first to delinquent rent and, if authorized by the lease, to the costs of packing, moving and storing the property.’
      • ‘Fortunately, you can collect delinquent receivables and keep your valued clients.’
      • ‘If you failed to make payments and any of your accounts were sent to collection, information about the delinquent accounts appears here.’
      • ‘By the end of the year, 10% of the poor quality loans turn seriously delinquent with little chance of collection.’
      • ‘A consumer can be delinquent on one account and pay other accounts on schedule.’
      • ‘Lower provisions for delinquent loans also helped.’
      • ‘Chasing down delinquent accounts is no fun either.’
      • ‘The loan officer agreed to extend the delinquent's due date and offered him an additional $250,000 to get through the rough times.’
      • ‘The various utilities might then have the leverage to disconnect each other's services in order to ensure recovery of arrear and delinquent accounts.’
      • ‘To be precise, the delinquency rates are calculated as the percent of borrowers holding a particular type of credit who are delinquent 30 + days on one or more accounts.’
      • ‘Take caution in pursuing delinquent accounts.’
      • ‘He also warned that the City would continue to take credit control measures against delinquent accounts.’
      • ‘Additionally, house prices continue to appreciate for the time being, lowering the debt/equity ratio and making it less likely that the delinquent homeowners will walk away from their equity.’
      • ‘Say you've got $20 million in delinquent receivables.’
      • ‘Wage garnishment is a creditor collection tool that a delinquent debtor can escape by filing for bankruptcy.’
      • ‘It waived millions of dollars in delinquent fees on late-paying cardholders and increased credit limits to cash-starved clients.’
      • ‘Loan delinquencies have steadily risen in the past 24 months, to the point where nearly 1 in 20 home loans is delinquent - one of the highest rates in the past decade.’
      unsettled, outstanding, unresolved, unattended to, due, overdue, owing, owed, receivable, to be paid, payable, undischarged, in arrears, in the red
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noun

  • A delinquent person.

    ‘juvenile delinquents’
    • ‘Juvenile delinquents of all races were forced to train as soldiers to fight and kill those who opposed apartheid.’
    • ‘It's easy to stereotype all adolescents as alcopop-swigging, hoodie-wearing, dope-smoking delinquents.’
    • ‘There are also circumstances where delinquents disapprove of criminal offenses as strongly as nondelinquents.’
    • ‘How do we keep the rabble of criminals and delinquents at bay since they now pose a threat to all of us - rich, poor, powerful or inconsequential?’
    • ‘‘There is real and present danger not just from cyber delinquents but from cyber criminals and terrorists,’ he said.’
    • ‘Many teenagers turn rebellious while the sick parent is still alive, sometimes leaving home or they begin running wild with other delinquents.’
    • ‘You wouldn't believe how much trouble those damn delinquents cause.’
    • ‘If the education system fails in accomplishing that then it is responsible for the delinquents, the drop-outs, the rejects, the youth suicides.’
    • ‘And appeal to young hip-hop delinquents in the process.’
    • ‘The note said if I didn't come home immediately, I'd be consigned to a center for delinquents.’
    • ‘The national economy is facing a new crisis amid growing concerns about the increasing number of credit delinquents and ensuing individual bankruptcies.’
    • ‘Left to their own devices, children become out of control, learn how to manipulate the adults in their circle and can become bullies and delinquents.’
    • ‘Civil disobedience of this kind will not land someone in jail, although delinquents will suffer from a high interest penalty.’
    • ‘‘Juvenile delinquents invariably have also had an unhappy time at school,’ he says.’
    • ‘And we are empowering the bullies, the delinquents and the troublemakers.’
    • ‘One of the three of us would shin up the steps and tie the cardboard sign about 8ft above the ground so that local delinquents couldn't get at them.’
    • ‘That is, these mounted men were regarded as tyrannical bullies, delinquents and pests.’
    • ‘She was invited to deliver a speech to the young delinquents last December.’
    • ‘A team which works with young delinquents has been recognised for its ground-breaking service.’
    • ‘First, stop selling your cars to show-offs and delinquents.’
    offender, wrongdoer, malefactor, lawbreaker, culprit, criminal
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Origin

Late 15th century: from Latin delinquent- ‘offending’, from the verb delinquere, from de- ‘away’ + linquere ‘to leave’.

Pronunciation

delinquent

/dɪˈlɪŋkw(ə)nt/