delinquent Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “delinquent” in the English Dictionary

"delinquent" in British English

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delinquentnoun [C]

uk   us   /dɪˈlɪŋ.kwənt/
a ​person, usually ​young, who ​behaves in a way that is ​illegal or not ​acceptable to most ​people: juvenile delinquents

delinquentadjective

uk   us   /dɪˈlɪŋ.kwənt/
illegal or not ​acceptable, or ​behaving in a way that is ​illegal or not ​acceptable: They are ​carrying out ​research on the ​causes of delinquent ​behaviour among ​youngpeople. delinquent ​teenagers US formal late (in ​payingmoneyowed): She has been delinquent inpaying her ​taxes.
(Definition of delinquent from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"delinquent" in American English

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delinquentadjective

 us   /dɪˈlɪŋ·kwənt/ fml
late in ​payingmoneyowed: She was delinquent in ​paying her ​taxes.
(Definition of delinquent from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"delinquent" in Business English

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delinquentadjective

uk   us   /dɪˈlɪŋkwənt/ US FINANCE, TAX
not ​paid or ​paid back as should have been done: delinquent ​accounts/​payments/​taxes/​loans. Another 6% of ​mortgages were delinquent but not yet in ​foreclosure.
not ​paying, or ​paying back, ​money as ​agreed: delinquent borrowers/​customers/​taxpayersdelinquent in (doing) sth The Dallas Morning News ​identifiedmultiplecontractors who were delinquent in ​paying their ​taxes. 42% of ​callers are at least three months delinquent on mortgagepayments.
(Definition of delinquent from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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