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delinquent

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

delinquent

adjective uk   /dɪˈlɪŋ.kwənt/ us  
being or behaving in ways that are illegal or not acceptable: delinquent teenagers They are carrying out research on the causes of delinquent behaviour among young people. US formal late (in paying money owed): She has been delinquent in paying her taxes.
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