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.
Origin of juvenile delinquency
First recorded in 1810–20
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British Dictionary definitions for juvenile delinquency
antisocial or criminal conduct by juvenile delinquents
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