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delinquent

[ dih-ling-kwuhnt ]
/ dɪˈlɪŋ kwənt /
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adjective

failing in or neglectful of a duty or obligation; guilty of a misdeed or offense.
(of an account, tax, debt, etc.) past due; overdue.
of or relating to delinquents or delinquency: delinquent attitudes.

noun

a person who is delinquent.

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Origin of delinquent

1475–85; <Latin dēlinquent-;see delinquency

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British Dictionary definitions for delinquent

delinquent
/ (dɪˈlɪŋkwənt) /

noun

someone, esp a young person, guilty of delinquencySee juvenile delinquent
archaic a person who fails in an obligation or duty

adjective

guilty of an offence or misdeed, esp one of a minor nature
failing in or neglectful of duty or obligation

Derived forms of delinquent

delinquently, adverb

Word Origin for delinquent

C17: from Latin dēlinquēns offending; see delinquency
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