delinquentde‧lin‧quent1 /dɪˈlɪŋkwənt/ adjective1SCCCRIMEbehaving in a way that is illegal or that society does not approve of → criminaldelinquent girls/boys/children/teenagers2OWE technical a delinquentdebt, account etc has not been paid on timethe recovery of delinquent loans
delinquentdelinquent2 noun [countable]SCCCRIMEsomeone, especially a young person, who breaks the law or behaves in ways their society does not approve ofDeanes writes and lectures about teenage delinquents. →juvenile delinquent
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delinquent• The definition of an individual as a delinquent provides an example.• The process of becoming a delinquent is the same as the process of becoming, let us say, a BoyScout.• More than half of all juveniledelinquents currently in stateinstitutions have disturbed family backgrounds.• It is difficult to point to the materialgoals which footballhooligans or juvenile delinquents are chasing.• He blames most of the town's problems on localdelinquents.• He blames most of the problem on young local delinquents.• Moreover, it is perhaps doubtful whether many delinquents hold openly oppositional views or values as Cohen suggests.From Longman Business Dictionarydelinquentde‧lin‧quent /dɪˈlɪŋkwənt/ adjective American EnglishACCOUNTINGdelinquent account/debt/payment etc an account, debt etc that has not been paid at the right time, or has not been paid at allCreditor management allows lenders to reduce the risk of delinquent accounts.