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Topic: CRIME

Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: delinquere 'to fail, offend', from linquere 'to leave'

delinquent

1 adjective
     
de‧lin‧quent1
1SCC behaving in a way that is illegal or that society does not approve of [↪ criminal]
2 technical a delinquent debt, account etc has not been paid on time:
the recovery of delinquent loans
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