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American English: /dəˈlɪŋkwənt/
British English: /dɪˈlɪŋkw(ə)nt/

Translation of delinquent in Spanish:



  • 1 (Sociology)
    Example sentences
    • She had been teaching English in the state school system where she often worked with troubled or delinquent children.
    • He was on the cusp of becoming a delinquent teenager when a Christian camp counselor asked if he was going to heaven or hell: He decided at that moment to dedicate his life to Christ.
    • ‘When the previous home was there, which housed delinquent teenagers, they did not feel the need to fence them in like this,’ she added.
  • 2 (American English) (Finance)
    (debtor/tax payer)
    de morosos
    Example sentences
    • Fortunately, you can collect delinquent receivables and keep your valued clients.
    • The various utilities might then have the leverage to disconnect each other's services in order to ensure recovery of arrear and delinquent accounts.
    • If you failed to make payments and any of your accounts were sent to collection, information about the delinquent accounts appears here.

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