delinquency

[ dih-ling-kwuh n-see ]
/ dɪˈlɪŋ kwən si /

noun, plural de·lin·quen·cies.

failure in or neglect of duty or obligation; dereliction; default: delinquency in payment of dues.
wrongful, illegal, or antisocial behavior.Compare juvenile delinquency.
any misdeed, offense, or misdemeanor.
something, as a debt, that is past due or otherwise delinquent.

Origin of delinquency

1630–40; < Late Latin dēlinquentia fault, crime, equivalent to Latin dēlinquent- (stem of dēlinquēns, present participle of dēlinquere to do wrong, equivalent to dē- de- + linquere to leave) + -ia noun suffix; see -ency

Related forms

pre·de·lin·quen·cy, noun, plural pre·de·lin·quen·cies.
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British Dictionary definitions for delinquency

delinquency

/ (dɪˈlɪŋkwənsɪ) /

noun plural -cies

an offence or misdeed, usually of a minor nature, esp one committed by a young personSee juvenile delinquency
failure or negligence in duty or obligation; dereliction
a delinquent nature or delinquent behaviour

Word Origin for delinquency

C17: from Late Latin dēlinquentia a fault, offence, from Latin dēlinquere to transgress, from de- + linquere to forsake
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