Delinquency - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |dɪˈlɪŋkwənsi|  American pronunciation of the word delinquency
Brit.  |dɪˈlɪŋkw(ə)nsi|  British pronunciation of the word delinquency

noun

- nonpayment of a debt when due
- a tendency to be negligent and uncaring(syn: dereliction)

he inherited his delinquency from his father

- an antisocial misdeed in violation of the law by a minor

Examples

They tried to steer him away from delinquency by giving him a job in their store.

She's been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

the ever-rising statistics of delinquency and crime

he inherited his delinquency from his father

Word forms

noun
singular: delinquency
plural: delinquencies
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