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juvenile delinquency

behavior of a child or youth that is so marked by violation of law, persistent mischievousness, antisocial behavior, disobedience, or intractability as to thwart correction by parents and to constitute a matter for action by the juvenile courts.
Origin of juvenile delinquency
First recorded in 1810-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Three of them had juvenile delinquency records—minor stuff, mostly, like copter stunting and public disturbance.

    A Mixture of Genius Arnold Castle
  • It seems that people, for the most part, are more interested in the traditional sordid-sensational type of juvenile delinquency.

    A Mixture of Genius Arnold Castle
  • Tom hadn't really been a hard case; his juvenile delinquency, Gloria was quite sure, was a thing of the past.

    Hex Laurence Mark Janifer (AKA Larry M. Harris)
  • juvenile delinquency itself has been the subject of much research (especially in the United States) during the past fifty years.

  • (i) There was a substantial increase in juvenile delinquency during the Second World War.

  • A long-term project for the investigation of juvenile delinquency in all aspects should be undertaken.

  • Ferrari, in his excellent work on juvenile delinquency, discusses the various motives for deception and malingering in the child.

  • We have of this an indication in the remarkable increase in juvenile delinquency which marked the course of the European War.

    The Iron Ration

    George Abel Schreiner
  • My series on juvenile delinquency had just about doubled circulation and that gave me a deep sense of accomplishment.

    The Scapegoat Richard Maples
  • This whole episode, I could see, was a perfect answer to the damnable criticisms leveled at my series on juvenile delinquency.

    The Scapegoat Richard Maples
British Dictionary definitions for juvenile delinquency

juvenile delinquency

antisocial or criminal conduct by juvenile delinquents
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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