Definition of delinquency in English:


Line breaks: de|lin|quency
Pronunciation: /dɪˈlɪŋkw(ə)nsi

noun (plural delinquencies)

[mass noun]
  • 2 formal Neglect of one’s duty: he relayed this in such a manner as to imply grave delinquency on the host’s part
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    • The folks at are charged with contributing to the delinquency of the film-makers, who were likely duped into believing this could become a satisfying monster movie.
  • 2.1 [count noun] chiefly US A failure to pay an outstanding debt by the due date.
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    • However, an increase in total consumer debt increases revolving delinquencies.
    • That could lead to more mortgage delinquencies or defaults.
    • This theorem accounts for both the unexplainable growth in outstandings and the lack of delinquencies!


mid 17th century: from ecclesiastical Latin delinquentia, from Latin delinquent- 'offending' (see delinquent).

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