from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Failing to do what law or duty requires.
- adj. Overdue in payment: a delinquent account.
- n. A juvenile delinquent.
- n. A person who neglects or fails to do what law or duty requires.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Late or failing to pay a debt or other financial obligation, like a mortgage or loan.
- adj. Failing in or neglectful of a duty or obligation; guilty of a misdeed or offense
- n. One who disobeys or breaks rules or laws.
- n. a term applied to royalists by their opponents in the English Civil War 1642 - 1645. Charles I was known as the chief delinquent.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Failing in duty; offending by neglect of duty.
- n. One who fails or neglects to perform his duty; an offender or transgressor; one who commits a fault or a crime; a culprit.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Failing in duty; offending by neglect of duty or obligation: as, a delinquent tenant; a delinquent subscriber.
- n. One who fails to perform a duty or discharge an obligation; one guilty of a delinquency; an offender; a culprit.
- n. Synonyms Offender, Delinquent, (see offender); wrong-doer.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. past due; not paid at the scheduled time
- adj. failing in what duty requires
- n. a young offender
- adj. guilty of a misdeed
Latin dēlinquēns, dēlinquent-, present participle of dēlinquere, to offend : dē-, de- + linquere, to leave, abandon; see leikw- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)