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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
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



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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Nonetheless, federal officials either mistakenly, or delinquently, allowed the State to enact and implement these laws without challenge.
The mother in Palmer is not guilty of manslaughter because she breached her statutory duty to care for the child, but because she was deviant and delinquently failed to rescue the child from her lover's brutality.
It can alsoenhance the confidence of economic operators in public procurement system and can surely help in expanding marketsand thereby increasing competition of bidders for public procurement.The point to be stressed here is that public procurement is all about spending public money for public good and no amount from public exchequer, however small, should be spent delinquently.