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1. Archaic a person who fails in an obligation or duty
2. guilty of an offence or misdeed, esp one of a minor nature
3. failing in or neglectful of duty or obligation



in British and American law, a person who has not fulfilled an obligation imposed on him by law or contract; a person who has committed a violation or who has perpetrated a crime. The above meanings are the sources of the terms “delinquency” (a violation or crime) and “delinquent” (nonperformance of an obligation; for example, a tax not paid on time). In British legislation and in administrative-judicial practice, delinquents are minors whose behavior makes necessary the application of various measures of corrective influence provided by the criminal law or special legislation on youth, such as placement in correctional training institutions.


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Taylor, Iacono, and McGue (2000) found both cognitive and behavioral impulsivity was greater in delinquents with an onset earlier than 11 years old than in late onset delinquents (onset 12 or later) or nondelinquent controls.
Several teams have already reported that children who endure severe abuse and also possess the weak-MAOA gene variant commit violent and delinquent acts later in life far more often than do abused kids who carry the strong-MAOA gene variant (SN: 8/3/02, p.
A study of some 300 Pittsburgh students, led by Needleman and published in the 7 February 1996 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, first revealed that adolescent boys with elevated lead levels were more likely to engage in acts of bullying, vandalism, arson, shoplifting, and other delinquent behaviors, according to self and parental reports.
Instead, it mainly arrested serious delinquents, disproportionately of minority backgrounds, and petitioned them to juvenile court to fight crimes like auto theft that were of particular concern to the public.
Poor social skills, weak familial relations, and overall low attachment to social institutions do not allow for healthful friendships between delinquents.
We're advised that we can't currently pursue delinquent taxpayers in court," Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau chief financial officer Janet Charles said last week.
Finally, some computer delinquents could become adult computer offenders.
Elizabeth Dvorkin, chief of Tax and Condemnation for the city's Corporation Counsel, said "We have been very effective in the past collecting the delinquent taxes at the time they decide to sell the building, or want to get a mortgage on the property.
Research report on the incarceration diversion camp project for adjudicated delinquents.
By making it virtually impossible to collect meaningful data about juvenile delinquents, expungement also makes it difficult to evaluate crime-prevention and rehabilitation programs.
When a delinquent act inflicts physical inj upon a familiar victim, delinquents are just as unpermissive as non-delinquents.
In additional analyses, the effect of sucrose on particular subgroups of juvenile delinquents was evaluated.