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delinquency

noun uk   /dɪˈlɪŋ.kwən.si/ us  

delinquency noun (BAD BEHAVIOUR)

[U] behaviour, especially of a young person, that is is illegal or not acceptable to most people: There is a high rate of juvenile delinquency in this area. [C] formal an action that is illegal or not acceptable: His past delinquencies have made it hard for him to get a job.

delinquency noun (LATE PAYMENT)

US a situation in which borrowed money is not paid back as agreed: The consumer loan delinquency rate has increased 33 percent.
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