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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
1810-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • juvenile delinquency itself has been the subject of much research (especially in the United States) during the past fifty years.

  • Three of them had juvenile delinquency records—minor stuff, mostly, like copter stunting and public disturbance.

    A Mixture of Genius Arnold Castle
  • 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
  • (i) There was a substantial increase in juvenile delinquency during the Second World War.

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

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

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

    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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