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delinquent

de·lin·quent

delinquent

 
 
pronunciation:
d lIng kwnt
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
features:
Word Combinations (adjective, noun)
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: neglectful of a duty or guilty of an offense or violation of the law.
He was delinquent in his car payments and they came to repossess it.The children were removed from the home of their delinquent parents.
antonyms:
dutiful, well-behaved
similar words:
negligent, truant
definition 2: not paid on time, as an account, tax, or the like.
You will have pay the delinquent taxes as well as a fine.
definition 3: of or relating to delinquents or delinquency.
The exact figures can be looked up in the delinquent records.
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part of speech: noun
definition: one who is delinquent, esp. a juvenile lawbreaker.
These boys had been delinquents before they got involved with the youth organization.
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derivation: delinquently (adv.)