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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 ?
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.
A knowledge of his career having come to the ears of Mr Clare, when he was in that part of the country preaching missionary sermons, he boldly took occasion to speak to the delinquent on his spiritual state.
On the other hand, it was most improbable that a distinguished detective would know by sight an obscure delinquent like myself; besides, this one had come to the front since my day.
We struggled out to the open air and the bright sunshine, and for the space of thirty minutes received ragged Arabs by couples, dozens and platoons, and paid them bucksheesh for services they swore and proved by each other that they had rendered, but which we had not been aware of before--and as each party was paid, they dropped into the rear of the procession and in due time arrived again with a newly-invented delinquent list for liquidation.
Brooke, who presently came and said that he would step into the carriage and go with Dorothea as far as Dagley's, to speak about the small delinquent who had been caught with the leveret.
Will's a 'dig,'" growled Tom, shutting his eyes again, as if nothing more could be said of the delinquent William.
 "General," said the commander of the delinquent brigade, "I am