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 (dĭ-lĭng′kwənt, -lĭn′-)
1. Failing to do what law or duty requires.
2. Overdue in payment: a delinquent account.
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.
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For Galdos, who surfaces as a detectivesque figure in his columns, Higinia, his criminal counterpart, defies the "hampa" or delinquently picaresque environment that she comes from--she is more than a female rogue, she becomes, as Galdos formulates her, a misreading between a criminal mastermind and a tragic antiheroine.
The point to be stressed here is that the basic function of a good public procurement regulatory regime is, inter alia, to give confidence to bidders and to generate wider competition so that no amount of public money should be spent delinquently.
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