[ dih-ling-kwuhnt ]
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  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.

  1. of or relating to delinquents or delinquency: delinquent attitudes.

  1. a person who is delinquent.

Origin of delinquent

1475–85; <Latin dēlinquent-;see delinquency

Other words from delinquent

  • de·lin·quent·ly, adverb
  • non·de·lin·quent, adjective
  • pre·de·lin·quent, adjective
  • pre·de·lin·quent·ly, adverb
  • un·de·lin·quent, adjective
  • un·de·lin·quent·ly, adverb

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How to use delinquent in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for delinquent


/ (dɪˈlɪŋkwənt) /

  1. someone, esp a young person, guilty of delinquency: See juvenile delinquent

  2. archaic a person who fails in an obligation or duty

  1. guilty of an offence or misdeed, esp one of a minor nature

  2. failing in or neglectful of duty or obligation

Origin of delinquent

C17: from Latin dēlinquēns offending; see delinquency

Derived forms of delinquent

  • delinquently, adverb

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