AskDefine | Define delinquent

Dictionary Definition

delinquent adj
1 guilty of a minor misdeed; "delinquent minors"
2 failing in what duty requires; "derelict (or delinquent) in his duty"; "neglectful of his duties"; "remiss of you not to pay your bills" [syn: derelict, neglectful, remiss]
3 persistently bad; "school for delinquent boys"
4 past due; not paid at the scheduled time; "an overdue installment"; "a delinquent account" [syn: overdue] n : a young offender [syn: juvenile delinquent]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. Late or failing to pay a debt or other financial obligation, like a mortgage or loan.
    Fred is delinquent in making his car payment.
    The company made a new effort to collect delinquent payments.
  2. Failing in or neglectful of a duty or obligation; guilty of a misdeed or offense


  1. One who disobeys or breaks rules or laws.
  2. a term applied to royalists by their opponents in the English Civil War 1642 - 1645. Charles I was known as the chief delinquent.


one who breaks the law
term applied to royalists

Extensive Definition

A delinquent is one who fails to do that which is required by law or by duty when such failure is minor in nature.
The term is often used to refer to a juvenile who commits a minor criminal act—juvenile delinquents.
In other cases, a delinquent is a person who fails to pay a debt or other financial obligation, like a mortgage. Failure to cure a delinquent payment can result in repossession or foreclosure.

See also

delinquent in Czech: Pachatel
delinquent in German: Delinquent
delinquent in Lithuanian: Teisės pažeidėjas
delinquent in Russian: Личность преступника
delinquent in Serbian: Делинквент

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