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DELINQUENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does delinquent mean? 

DELINQUENT (noun)
  The noun DELINQUENT has 1 sense:

1. a young offender

  Familiarity information: DELINQUENT used as a noun is very rare.


DELINQUENT (adjective)
  The adjective DELINQUENT has 4 senses:

1. guilty of a minor misdeed
2. failing in what duty requires
3. persistently bad
4. past due; not paid at the scheduled time

  Familiarity information: DELINQUENT used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


DELINQUENT (noun)


Sense 1delinquent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A young offender

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

delinquent; juvenile delinquent

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

offender; wrongdoer (a person who transgresses moral or civil law)


DELINQUENT (adjective)


Sense 1delinquent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Guilty of a minor misdeed

Context example:

delinquent minors

Similar:

guilty (responsible for or chargeable with a reprehensible act; or marked by guilt)


Sense 2delinquent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Failing in what duty requires

Synonyms:

remiss; neglectful; delinquent; derelict

Context examples:

derelict (or delinquent) in his duty / neglectful of his duties / remiss of you not to pay your bills

Similar:

negligent (characterized by neglect and undue lack of concern)


Sense 3delinquent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Persistently bad

Context example:

school for delinquent boys

Similar:

incorrigible (impervious to correction by punishment)


Sense 4delinquent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Past due; not paid at the scheduled time

Synonyms:

overdue; delinquent

Context examples:

an overdue installment / a delinquent account

Similar:

due; owed (owed and payable immediately or on demand)


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