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juvenile delinquent

a minor who cannot be controlled by parental authority and commits antisocial or criminal acts, as vandalism or violence.
a child or youth characterized by juvenile delinquency.
Origin of juvenile delinquent
First recorded in 1810-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • They find out you're a juvenile delinquent, figure you've been out getting drunk, and toss you into jail for a week.

    Combat Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • The juvenile delinquent gangs had begun to realize the value of science.

    Damned If You Don't Gordon Randall Garrett
  • They actually reform the juvenile delinquent and bring up useful men, not hardened criminals.

British Dictionary definitions for juvenile delinquent

juvenile delinquent

a child or young person guilty of some offence, act of vandalism, or antisocial behaviour or whose conduct is beyond parental control and who may be brought before a juvenile court
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