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delinquent

[dih-ling-kwuh nt] /dɪˈlɪŋ kwənt/
adjective
1.
failing in or neglectful of a duty or obligation; guilty of a misdeed or offense.
2.
(of an account, tax, debt, etc.) past due; overdue.
3.
of or relating to delinquents or delinquency:
delinquent attitudes.
noun
4.
a person who is delinquent.
Origin of delinquent
1475-1485
1475-85; < Latin dēlinquent-; see delinquency
Related forms
delinquently, adverb
nondelinquent, adjective
predelinquent, adjective
predelinquently, adverb
undelinquent, adjective
undelinquently, adverb
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delinquent

/dɪˈlɪŋkwənt/
noun
1.
someone, esp a young person, guilty of delinquency See juvenile delinquent
2.
(archaic) a person who fails in an obligation or duty
adjective
3.
guilty of an offence or misdeed, esp one of a minor nature
4.
failing in or neglectful of duty or obligation
Derived Forms
delinquently, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin dēlinquēns offending; see delinquency
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Word Origin and History for pre-delinquent

delinquent

n.

late 15c., from Middle French délinquant, from present participle of délinquer (15c.), and directly from Latin delinquentum (nominative delinquens), present participle of delinquere "to fail; be wanting, fall short; offend," from de- "completely" (see de-) + linquere "to leave" (see relinquish). As an adjective, from c.1600.

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