delinquency Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"delinquency" in British English

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uk   us   /dɪˈlɪŋ.kwə

delinquency noun (BAD BEHAVIOUR)

[U] behaviour, ​especially of a ​youngperson, 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 ​borrowedmoney is not ​paid back as ​agreed: The ​consumerloan delinquency rate has ​increased 33 ​percent.
(Definition of delinquency from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"delinquency" in American English

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delinquencynoun [U]

 us   /dɪˈlɪŋ·kwən·si/
illegal or ​unacceptablebehavior: efforts to ​combatjuvenile delinquency
(Definition of delinquency from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"delinquency" in Business English

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delinquencynoun [C or U]

uk   us   /dɪˈlɪŋkwənsi/
US FINANCE, TAX a ​situation in which ​tax or ​borrowedmoney is not ​paid or ​paid back when it should be: The ​consumerloan delinquency ​rate has ​increased 33%. mortgage/​tax delinquency
(Definition of delinquency from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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