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Negative connotationPlay
The term often implies negative behavior that society dislikes. SlideThe delinquent teens were caught vandalizing the park.
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Not always criminalPlay
Delinquent acts may not be severe enough to be criminal, but still against rules. SlideHis delinquent habits include breaking curfew regularly.
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Social stigmaPlay
Being labeled delinquent can lead to social exclusion or judgment. SlideShe worked hard to shed her delinquent image from her youth.