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 Dictionary entry overview: What does delinquency mean? 

  The noun DELINQUENCY has 3 senses:

1. nonpayment of a debt when due
2. a tendency to be negligent and uncaring
3. an antisocial misdeed in violation of the law by a minor

  Familiarity information: DELINQUENCY used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1delinquency [BACK TO TOP]


Nonpayment of a debt when due

Classified under:

Nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession

Hypernyms ("delinquency" is a kind of...):

default; nonpayment; nonremittal (loss resulting from failure of a debt to be paid)

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A tendency to be negligent and uncaring

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects


dereliction; willful neglect; delinquency

Context examples:

he inherited his delinquency from his father / his derelictions were not really intended as crimes / his adolescent protest consisted of willful neglect of all his responsibilities

Hypernyms ("delinquency" is a kind of...):

neglect; neglectfulness; negligence (the trait of neglecting responsibilities and lacking concern)

Sense 3delinquency [BACK TO TOP]


An antisocial misdeed in violation of the law by a minor

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


juvenile delinquency; delinquency

Hypernyms ("delinquency" is a kind of...):

misbehavior; misbehaviour; misdeed (improper or wicked or immoral behavior)

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)

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