Juvenile vs Delinquent - What's the difference?

juvenile | delinquent |

As an adjective juvenile

is youthful; young.

As a verb delinquent is





(en adjective)
  • young; not fully developed
  • characteristic of youth or immaturity; childish
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • a prepubescent child
  • a person not legally of age, or who is younger than may be charged with an offence
  • an animal that is not sexually mature
  • an actor playing a child's role
  • Derived terms

    * (not of legal age) juvenile court, juvenile delinquent, juvenile detention center, juvenile hall




    (en adjective)
  • Late or failing to pay a debt or other financial obligation, like a mortgage or loan.
  • Fred is delinquent in making his car payment.
    The company made a new effort to collect delinquent payments.
  • Failing in or neglectful of a duty or obligation; guilty of a misdeed or offense
  • Synonyms

    * (late or failing to pay a debt) defaulting

    Derived terms

    * delinquency * juvenile delinquent * moral delinquent


    (en noun)
  • One who disobeys or breaks rules or laws.
  • (obsolete) a term applied to royalists by their opponents in the English Civil War 1642 - 1645. Charles I was known as the chief delinquent.
  • Synonyms

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