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juvenile

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adjective ju·ve·nile \ˈjü-və-ˌnī(-ə)l, -nəl\

Simple Definition of juvenile

  • : unpleasantly childish

  • : relating to or meant for young people

  • : of or relating to young people who have committed crimes

Full Definition of juvenile

  1. 1 a :  physiologically immature or undeveloped :  young b :  derived from sources within the earth and coming to the surface for the first time —used especially of water and gas

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, characteristic of, or suitable for children or young people <juvenile books>

  3. 3 :  reflecting psychological or intellectual immaturity :  childish

Examples of juvenile

  1. She criticized his juvenile behavior at the party.

  2. <a juvenile alligator just hatched from its egg>



Origin of juvenile

French or Latin; French juvénile, from Latin juvenilis, from juvenis young person — more at young


First Known Use: 1625


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juvenile

noun ju·ve·nile

Simple Definition of juvenile

  • : a young person : a person who is not yet old enough to be legally considered an adult

  • : a young bird or animal

Full Definition of juvenile

  1. 1 a :  a young person :  youth b :  a book for children or young people

  2. 2 :  a young individual resembling an adult of its kind except in size and reproductive activity: as a :  a fledged bird not yet in adult plumage b :  a 2-year-old racehorse

  3. 3 :  an actor or actress who plays youthful parts

Examples of juvenile

  1. She works to keep juveniles away from drugs.

  2. <a medical study that followed juveniles through adolescence and into adulthood>



1733

First Known Use of juvenile

1733



JUVENILE Defined for Kids

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juvenile

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adjective ju·ve·nile \ˈjü-və-ˌnīl, -və-nəl\

Definition of juvenile

  1. 1 :  not fully grown or developed <a juvenile bird>

  2. 2 :  of or designed for young people <a juvenile magazine>

  3. 3 :  having or showing a lack of emotional maturity <juvenile pranks>




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juvenile

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noun ju·ve·nile

Definition of juvenile

  1. :  a young person :  youth





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