- delinquency, juvenile,
Origin of delinquent
Examples from the Web for pre-delinquent
The reason is that the pre-delinquent is not attracted by such forms of recreation or healthy pleasure.Report of the Special Committee on Moral Delinquency in Children and Adolescents|Oswald Chettle Mazengarb et al.
Word Origin for delinquent
late 15c., from Middle French délinquant, from present participle of délinquer (15c.), and directly from Latin delinquentum (nominative delinquens), present participle of delinquere "to fail; be wanting, fall short; offend," from de- "completely" (see de-) + linquere "to leave" (see relinquish). As an adjective, from c.1600.