de·lin·quen·cy /dɪˈlɪŋkwənsi/ noun plural de·lin·quen·cies
crimes or other morally wrong acts :
illegal or immoral behavior especially by young people [noncount
] ▪ They tried to steer him away from delinquency by giving him a job in their store. ▪ She's been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
] ▪ a series of minor delinquencies
— see also juvenile delinquency
2 US :
the condition of someone who owes money and is not making payments at the required or expected time [count
] ▪ Loan delinquencies are on the rise. [=an increasing number of people are failing to make their loan payments on time]
] ▪ a high rate of delinquency ▪ Delinquency rates are soaring.