Definition of delinquent adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dɪˈlɪŋkwənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈlɪŋkwənt//
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  1. 1(especially of young people or their behaviour) showing a tendency to commit crimes delinquent teenagers
  2. 2(North American English, finance) having failed to pay money that is owed a delinquent borrower
  3. 3(North American English, finance) (of a sum of money) not having been paid in time a delinquent loan
  4. Word Originlate 15th cent.: from Latin delinquent- ‘offending’, from the verb delinquere, from de- ‘away’ + linquere ‘to leave’.

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