delinquency [dih- ling-kw uh n-see] Word Origin See more synonyms for delinquency on Thesaurus.com 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
present participle of
to do wrong, equivalent to
to leave) +
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 pre-delinquency an offence or misdeed, usually of a minor nature, esp one committed by a young person See juvenile delinquency failure or negligence in duty or obligation; dereliction a delinquent nature or delinquent behaviour Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin
dēlinquentia a fault, offence, from Latin dēlinquere to transgress, from de- + linquere to forsake
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Word Origin and History for pre-delinquency delinquency n.
1630s, from Latin
delinquentia "fault, crime, delinquency," from delinquentem (see delinquent).
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