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English noun: delinquency

1. delinquency (possession) nonpayment of a debt when due

Broader (hypernym)default, nonpayment, nonremittal

2. delinquency (attribute) a tendency to be negligent and uncaring

SamplesHe inherited his delinquency from his father.
His derelictions were not really intended as crimes.
His adolescent protest consisted of willful neglect of all his responsibilities.

Synonymsdereliction, willful neglect

Broader (hypernym)neglect, neglectfulness, negligence

3. delinquency (act) an antisocial misdeed in violation of the law by a minor

Synonymsjuvenile delinquency

Broader (hypernym)misbehavior, misbehaviour, misdeed

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

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