noun, plural de·lin·quen·cies.
Origin of delinquency
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noun plural -cies
an offence or misdeed, usually of a minor nature, esp one committed by a young personSee juvenile delinquency
failure or negligence in duty or obligation; dereliction
a delinquent nature or delinquent behaviour
Word Origin for delinquency
C17: from Late Latin dēlinquentia a fault, offence, from Latin dēlinquere to transgress, from de- + linquere to forsake
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1630s, from Latin delinquentia "fault, crime, delinquency," from delinquentem (see delinquent).
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