Definition of juvenile delinquency in US English:

juvenile delinquency

noun

  • The habitual committing of criminal acts or offenses by a young person, especially one below the age at which ordinary criminal prosecution is possible.

    • ‘Because of the social upheavals, there was an alarming increase of juvenile delinquency in the 1930s, with violence and vandalism especially noticeable in the cities.’
    • ‘Taipei has seen a steady decrease in juvenile delinquency one-and-a-half years since it launched its Juvenile Protection Program, officials said yesterday.’
    • ‘Children who show low levels of peer acceptance and social competence are at risk for dropping out of school, juvenile delinquency, and adult criminal behavior.’
    • ‘There is a general upsurge in juvenile delinquency.’
    • ‘Violent crime, alcohol and drug abuse, juvenile delinquency, unwanted pregnancy, and poor health are the major social problems.’
    • ‘Violent crime, juvenile delinquency, and alcoholism have increased significantly.’
    • ‘He says that, traditionally, ‘the elderly believe that teachers should be held responsible for juvenile delinquency,’ but now that times have changed teachers cannot assume this role any more.’
    • ‘School drop-outs, juvenile delinquency, and gang wars were symptoms of underlying social pathology.’
    • ‘In the past decade, on average, the rate of juvenile delinquency remained at between 10 to 14 per cent of the criminal offenses in the city.’
    • ‘It is important to approach AIDS holistically considering the intense moral decay among young people today coupled with rapid increase in juvenile delinquency.’
    • ‘At the same time, as the arrest rate for juvenile delinquency and crime rose in 1943 and 1944, commentators accused mothers of neglect.’
    • ‘Children of adoption show up in disproportionate numbers in the criminal justice system and contribute to problems of juvenile delinquency.’
    • ‘But minor crimes and juvenile delinquency have pushed total crime numbers to record highs amid a long economic slowdown.’
    • ‘Do you believe that juvenile delinquency would decrease if crime comic books were not readily available to children?’
    • ‘Fukuyama refers to high rates of crime and juvenile delinquency as a result of the lack of trust associated with social capital.’
    • ‘With criminologist Byron Johnson, Larson has reviewed some 400 juvenile delinquency studies published between 1980 and 1997.’
    • ‘Other criminal cases which showed an increase in 2000 included homicide, juvenile delinquency, torture and arson.’
    • ‘Young people have few role models and juvenile delinquency is on the rise.’
    • ‘And what was the impact of the loss of the Rugby League competition on towns like Walgett, did it have an impact on crime figures, on juvenile delinquency?’

Pronunciation

juvenile delinquency

/ˈdʒuvəˌnaɪl/