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Meaning of delinquency

de•lin•quen•cy

Pronunciation: (di-ling'kwun-sē), [key]
— pl. -cies.
  1. failure in or neglect of duty or obligation; dereliction; default: delinquency in payment of dues.
  2. wrongful, illegal, or antisocial behavior. Cf. juvenile delinquency.
  3. any misdeed, offense, or misdemeanor.
  4. something, as a debt, that is past due or otherwise delinquent.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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