Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. misconduct
  • n. a criminal offense
  • n. a debt that is overdue for payment

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Failure or omission of duty; a fault; a misdeed; an offense; a misdemeanor; a crime.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Failure or omission of duty or obligation; a dereliction; a fault; a shortcoming; an offense.
  • n. Synonyms Wrong, Sin, etc. See crime.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a tendency to be negligent and uncaring
  • n. nonpayment of a debt when due
  • n. an antisocial misdeed in violation of the law by a minor

Etymologies

Latin dēlinquentia, from dēlinquēns. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • If the delinquency is not due to something catastrophic, let them fail!

    Obama home rescue: 650,000 get help

  • 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.

    Card Issuers Wrestle With Slow Pace of Recovery

  • 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.

    Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Are No-Shows at Conventions - The Caucus Blog - NYTimes.com

  • Lawyers who defend homeowners against foreclosure maintained that mortgage companies collect lucrative fees from long-term delinquency, undercutting their incentive to lower payments to affordable levels.

    Art Levine: As Treasury Department Stumbles, Liberals Push Tougher Measures to Stem Foreclosures

  • "Significant increases in delinquency rates have in some cases led to unexpected increases in credit losses and the failure of some subprime specialist firms," Duncan said.

    Lenders Foreclosing at Record Pace | Impact Lab

  • As indicated by the percentages, longer-term delinquency over 90 days makes up all but 0.96% of the delinquency as of June 30, 2011.

  • Long-term delinquency does cause neighborhoods to deteriorate, and it does foster more accelerated defaults as neighbors see the rewards obtained by those who stop paying their mortgages.

    Irvine Housing Blog

  • CRE near term delinquency improved during the quarter, and accruing watch list loans decreased $49 million primarily due to the movement of the five relationships in NPL status.

    SeekingAlpha.com: Home Page

  • Near term delinquency showed improvement, both in terms of dollars and as a percent in the portfolio for the fourth consecutive quarter.

    SeekingAlpha.com: Home Page

  • Bruce, one other specific comment on that as we have mentioned several times on the call the delinquency category on the commercial categories is not necessarily always perfectly linked with non-performers.

    Financial Sector and Stocks Analysis from Seeking Alpha

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