Definition of delinquency noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//dɪˈlɪŋkwənsi//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈlɪŋkwənsi//
[uncountable, countable] (pl. delinquencies)
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bad or criminal behaviour, usually of young people an increase in juvenile delinquency The boys drift into minor delinquencies while hanging around the streets. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from ecclesiastical Latin delinquentia, from Latin delinquent- ‘offending’, from the verb delinquere, from de- ‘away’ + linquere ‘to leave’.
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