Failure to make a payment on a debt or obligation by the specified due date. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary

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delinquency de‧lin‧quen‧cy [dɪˈlɪŋkwənsi] noun delinquencies PLURALFORM [countable, uncountable]
ACCOUNTING when money that is owed is not paid at the right time, or is not paid at all:

• Mortgage delinquency rates fell to 4.52% in the second quarter.

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delinquency UK US /dɪˈlɪŋkwənsi/ noun [C or U]
US FINANCE, TAX a situation in which tax or borrowed money is not paid or paid back when it should be: »

The consumer loan delinquency rate has increased 33%.


mortgage/tax delinquency

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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