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de·lin·quent

 (dĭ-lĭng′kwənt, -lĭn′-)
adj.
1. Failing to do what law or duty requires.
2. Overdue in payment: a delinquent account.
n.
1. A juvenile delinquent.
2. A person who neglects or fails to do what law or duty requires.

[Latin dēlinquēns, dēlinquent-, present participle of dēlinquere, to offend : dē-, de- + linquere, to leave, abandon; see leikw- in Indo-European roots.]

de·lin′quent·ly adv.

delinquent

(dɪˈlɪŋkwənt)
n
1. (Sociology) someone, esp a young person, guilty of delinquency. See juvenile delinquent
2. (Law) archaic a person who fails in an obligation or duty
adj
3. (Law) guilty of an offence or misdeed, esp one of a minor nature
4. (Law) failing in or neglectful of duty or obligation
[C17: from Latin dēlinquēns offending; see delinquency]
deˈlinquently adv

de•lin•quent

(dɪˈlɪŋ kwənt)

adj.
1. failing in or neglectful of a duty or obligation; guilty of a misdeed or offense.
2. past due: a deliquent account.
3. of or pertaining to delinquents or delinquency.
n.
4. a person who is delinquent, esp. a juvenile delinquent.
[1475–85; < Latin dēlinquent-; see delinquency]
de•lin′quent•ly, adv.

delinquent

- Literally "completely having left" one's duty or obligation.
See also related terms for obligation.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.delinquent - a young offenderdelinquent - a young offender      
offender, wrongdoer - a person who transgresses moral or civil law
Adj.1.delinquent - guilty of a misdeed; "delinquent minors"
guilty - responsible for or chargeable with a reprehensible act; "guilty of murder"; "the guilty person"; "secret guilty deeds"
2.delinquent - failing in what duty requires; "derelict (or delinquent) in his duty"; "neglectful of his duties"; "remiss of you not to pay your bills"
negligent - characterized by neglect and undue lack of concern; "negligent parents"; "negligent of detail"; "negligent in his correspondence"
3.delinquent - past due; not paid at the scheduled time; "an overdue installment"; "a delinquent account"
due - owed and payable immediately or on demand; "payment is due"

delinquent

adjective
1. wild, rebellious, unruly, anarchic, riotous, insubordinate remand homes for delinquent children
2. (Formal) negligent, slack, indifferent, careless, thoughtless, neglectful, heedless, inattentive, remiss delinquent parents who let their children run wild
Translations

delinquent

[dɪˈlɪŋkwənt]
A. ADJdelincuente
B. Ndelincuente mf
see also juvenile A

delinquent

[dɪˈlɪŋkwənt]
adj [person, behaviour] → délinquant(e)
n (= person) → délinquant(e) m/f

delinquent

adj
billüberfällig; accountrückständig

delinquent

[dɪˈlɪŋkwənt]
1. adj (behaviour) → delinquenziale, da delinquente
a delinquent youth → un giovane delinquente
2. ndelinquente m/f
References in classic literature ?
Since then, he hath become an active and earnest agitator, a murmurer, and a machinator, and a leader amongst those who impugn our authority; not considering that the rule is given to the Master even by the symbol of the staff and the rod the staff to support the infirmities of the weak the rod to correct the faults of delinquents.
It came about in this wise: the officers were pacified on learning the rank of those with whom they had been engaged, and withdrew from the contest, considering that whatever the result might be they were likely to get the worst of the battle; but one of them, the one who had been thrashed and kicked by Don Fernando, recollected that among some warrants he carried for the arrest of certain delinquents, he had one against Don Quixote, whom the Holy Brotherhood had ordered to be arrested for setting the galley slaves free, as Sancho had, with very good reason, apprehended.
It is very true that, after acquiring rebellious provinces a second time, they are not so lightly lost afterwards, because the prince, with little reluctance, takes the opportunity of the rebellion to punish the delinquents, to clear out the suspects, and to strengthen himself in the weakest places.
The young delinquents watched their master, through the lookout holes, march slowly down the school straight upon their retreat, while all the boys in the neighbourhood, of course, stopped their work to look on; and not only were they ignominiously drawn out, and caned over the hand then and there, but their characters for steadiness were gone from that time.
All the way to Stone Lodge, as with grave indignation he led the two delinquents home, he repeated at intervals 'What would Mr.
In manner, if not in words, he always testified his displeasure at these interruptions of the general harmony; and it was so well understood, that delinquents usually withdrew if they were aware of him.
Satisfied with her examination, she left him, with a slight expression of pleasure, and proceeded to practise the same trying experiment on her delinquent countryman.
Sagaciously under their spectacles, did they peep into the holds of vessels Mighty was their fuss about little matters, and marvellous, sometimes, the obtuseness that allowed greater ones to slip between their fingers Whenever such a mischance occurred -- when a waggon-load of valuable merchandise had been smuggled ashore, at noonday, perhaps, and directly beneath their unsuspicious noses -- nothing could exceed the vigilance and alacrity with which they proceeded to lock, and double-lock, and secure with tape and sealing -- wax, all the avenues of the delinquent vessel.
The greater deficiencies of some States furnished the pretext of example and the temptation of interest to the complying, or to the least delinquent States.
The labor was performed by convicts, prisoners of war, delinquent debtors and confirmed bachelors who were too poor to pay the high celibate tax which all red-Martian governments impose.
Comminges had arrested one of the ringleaders and had ordered him to be hanged near the cross of Du Trahoir; but in attempting to execute this command the soldiery were attacked in the market-place with stones and halberds; the delinquent had escaped to the Rue des Lombards and rushed into a house.
To cut the delinquent son off with a shilling, was like delivering him over to his evil propensities.