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juvenile delinquency


noun

behavior of a child or youth that is so marked by violation of law, persistent mischievousness, antisocial behavior, disobedience, or intractability as to thwart correction by parents and to constitute a matter for action by the juvenile courts.

Nearby words

juvenescent, juvenile, juvenile cataract, juvenile cell, juvenile court, juvenile delinquency, juvenile delinquent, juvenile diabetes, juvenile hormone, juvenile muscular atrophy, juvenile myoclonic epilepsy

Origin of juvenile delinquency

First recorded in 1810–20
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British Dictionary definitions for juvenile delinquency

juvenile delinquency


noun

antisocial or criminal conduct by juvenile delinquents
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