- failing in or neglectful of a duty or obligation; guilty of a misdeed or offense.
- (of an account, tax, debt, etc.) past due; overdue.
- of or relating to delinquents or delinquency: delinquent attitudes.
- a person who is delinquent.
- juvenile delinquent.
Origin of delinquent
Examples from the Web for pre-delinquent
Historical Examples of 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.
- someone, esp a young person, guilty of delinquencySee juvenile delinquent
- archaic a person who fails in an obligation or duty
- guilty of an offence or misdeed, esp one of a minor nature
- failing in or neglectful of duty or obligation
Word Origin for delinquent
Word Origin and History for pre-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.