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delinquent n

: a delinquent person
: juvenile delinquent
adj [Latin delinquent- delinquens, present participle of delinquere to commit (an offense), err]
1 a : offending by neglect or violation of duty or law [ acts]
b : characterized by juvenile delinquency [ youth]
2 : being overdue in payment [ taxes] [was in his child support payments]

Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.

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