noun (plural delinquencies)[mass noun]
- 1Minor crime, especially that committed by young people: social causes of crime and delinquencyMore example sentences
- Gender is no barrier to delinquency and crime committed by youth.
- Crime and delinquency among our young people would have been at a minimum today if heads of all religious faiths and homes had the respect and admiration of those under their charge.
- Media reports on youth crime and delinquency regularly paint a picture of undisciplined and dangerous young people with negative attitudes towards authority.
- 2 • formal Neglect of one’s duty: he relayed this in such a manner as to imply grave delinquency on the host’s part
- 2.1 [count noun] chiefly US A failure to pay an outstanding debt by the due date.More example sentences
- 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).