Part of speech: adjective

Neglectful of duty; faulty.

Part of speech: adjective

Dua and unpaid, as taxes.

Part of speech: noun

One who fails in duty or who commits a fault.

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Usage examples "delinquent":

  1. Bedford's quota of Protestant girls is high, among other reasons because the House of the Good Shepherd, whose inmates are chiefly Catholics, is much the largest of the private institutions to which delinquent women are committed. - "Commercialized Prostitution in New York City", George Jackson Kneeland.
  2. The distance was short by water, and the two were soon at the magistrate's office, where Pelle expected to find the delinquent boys. - "The Golden House", Mrs. Woods Baker.
  3. " But, nevertheless," said he, " I will forgive you this time, as you are a hopeful lad, and I hope never afterwards to find you delinquent in this great point." - "The History of the Life of the Late Mr. Jonathan Wild the Great", Henry Fielding.