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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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