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Definition of "delinquency" []

  • Juvenile delinquency. (noun)
  • Failure to do what law or duty requires. (noun)
  • An offense or a misdemeanor; a misdeed. (noun)
  • A debt or other financial obligation on which payment is overdue. (noun)
  • Of or relating to juvenile delinquency: delinquency problems. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "delinquency" in a sentence
  • "If the delinquency is not due to something catastrophic, let them fail!"
  • "A decline in delinquency rates for most issuers of credit cards failed to staunch disappointment over the continued slow pace of recovery in the U.S. industry."
  • "In one of the stranger combinations related to the mortgage crisis, the Creative Coalition, which represents the entertainment industry and is bringing movie stars to Denver, will be teaming up with the National Association of Realtors at the Denver convention to host on luncheon to honor the “Colorado Foreclosure Hotline” – a toll-free number providing advice to homeowners behind in delinquency or foreclosure."