Example sentences for: delinquency

How can you use “delinquency” in a sentence? Here are some example sentences to help you improve your vocabulary:

  • Congress held hearings on the delinquency epidemic, calling comic-book artists to testify about whether their drawings inspired children to violence.

  • Working parents leave teens unsupervised during afternoons (thanks to budget cuts in after-school programs), leading to greater drug use and delinquency.

  • In the post-World War II years, urban strife and suburban anomie gave rise to school violence of the sorts broadly rendered by Hollywood in the 1955 films Rebel Without a Cause and Blackboard Jungle . The nation waxed hysterical over "juvenile delinquency," as the vogue phrase had it--alienated adolescents unaccountably sullen in the bountiful Eisenhower years.

  • A family's problems can be mitigated with some legal advice before they spill over into child delinquency, housing problems, unemployment, marital problems and deeper poverty."

  • Each book tells roughly the same tale: A corrupt society imprisons the narrator for a minor offense (marijuana possession in Cleaver's case, juvenile delinquency in Abbott's, capitalist roadism in Cheng's).


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