What does delinquent mean?

Definitions for delinquent
dɪˈlɪŋ kwəntdelin·quent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. delinquent, juvenile delinquentadjective

    a young offender

  2. delinquentadjective

    guilty of a misdeed

    "delinquent minors"

  3. derelict, delinquent, neglectful, remissadjective

    failing in what duty requires

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

  4. delinquent, overdueadjective

    past due; not paid at the scheduled time

    "an overdue installment"; "a delinquent account"


  1. delinquentnoun

    One who disobeys or breaks rules or laws.

  2. delinquentnoun

    a term applied to royalists by their opponents in the English Civil War 1642 - 1645. Charles I was known as the chief delinquent.

  3. delinquentadjective

    Late or failing to pay a debt or other financial obligation, like a mortgage or loan.

  4. delinquentadjective

    Failing in or neglectful of a duty or obligation; guilty of a misdeed or offense

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Delinquentnoun

    An offender; one that has committed a crime or fault.

    Etymology: from delinquens, Latin.

    Such an envious state,
    That sooner will accuse the magistrate
    Than the delinquent; and will rather grieve
    The treason is not acted, than believe. Ben Jonson, Catil.

    All three ruined, not by war, or any other disaster, but by justice and sentence, as delinquents and criminals; all three famous writers. Francis Bacon, Holy War.

    He had, upon frivolous surmises, been sent for as a delinquent, and been brought upon his knees at the bar of both houses. John Dryden, Æn. Dedicat.


  1. delinquent

    A delinquent is typically an individual, often a young person, who regularly engages in unlawful or disobedient behavior. Alternatively, in a financial context, it can refer to a party failing to fulfill their obligations, such as not paying a debt on time.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Delinquentnoun

    failing in duty; offending by neglect of duty

  2. Delinquentnoun

    one who fails or neglects to perform his duty; an offender or transgressor; one who commits a fault or a crime; a culprit

  3. Etymology: [L. delinquens, -entis, p. pr. of delinquere to fail, be wanting in one's duty, do wrong; de- + linquere to leave. See Loan, n.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Delinquent

    de-ling′kwent, adj. failing in duty.—n. one who fails in or leaves his duty: a transgressor: a criminal.—n. Delin′quency, failure in or omission of duty: a fault: a crime.—adv. Delin′quently. [L. delinquens, -entis, pr.p. of delinquĕrede, inten., and linquĕre, to leave.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of delinquent in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of delinquent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of delinquent in a Sentence

  1. Freddie Gray:

    Whether we call them a thug, a law breaker, a juvenile delinquent, it really doesn't matter. What matters is how do we take back our streets. And that's what men have been doing, going around, talking to these young men where they, are in their face, and letting them know, you can't control this community. It is not yours. You can't burn it down. You can't force people out. You can't threaten people.

  2. Hal Dardick:

    The biggest problems are the liens on the property, by the time (properties) get to the sale, many are delinquent, decaying. You have to pay the taxes when you don't even own the home.

  3. Photographer Valerio Bispuri:

    I photographed (prisoners) during leisure time as they tried to mimic the world outside by playing football, pretending they are in a bar, lifting weights at a gym, some were born into the delinquent world, others were there for a lapse of judgment at some point in their lives. Others were mentally ill, but a great number were there because of drugs.

  4. Secretary Mnuchin:

    We agree that it is unfair to burden FDNY with the delinquent debts of other NYC government entities. The City government should directly reimburse FDNY.

  5. Williamson County:

    Fox 19 reported. Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for Williamson County Schools said bullying is not tolerated and that they would be investigating the incident. This type of behavior can never be tolerated at school. In addition to school discipline, WCS prosecutes delinquent behavior to the fullest extent of the law.

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    openly distrustful and unwilling to confide
    A dangerous
    B suspicious
    C dependable
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