Definition Of delinquent


(typically of a young person or that person's behavior) showing or characterized by a tendency to commit crime, particularly minor crime.

delinquent children

a delinquent person.

young delinquents

Example Of delinquent

  • A consumer can be delinquent on one account and pay other accounts on schedule.

  • Additionally, house prices continue to appreciate for the time being, lowering the debt/equity ratio and making it less likely that the delinquent homeowners will walk away from their equity.

  • As that happens, you'll see more companies trolling through tax records, looking for delinquent homeowners to exploit.

  • At least 16 per cent are delinquent or in foreclosure, and 4.6 percent actually are in foreclosure.

  • At this level, the authorities must deal with delinquent parents who literally nurture criminals, almost the way other parents work hard to mould their children into decent citizens.

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