adolescence

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noun ad·o·les·cence \ˌa-də-ˈle-sən(t)s\

Definition of adolescence

  1. 1 :  the period of life when a child develops into an adult :  the period from puberty to maturity terminating legally at the age of majority (see majority 2a) He struggled through his adolescence.

  2. 2 :  the state or process of growing up

  3. 3 :  a stage of development (as of a language or culture) prior to maturity

Examples of adolescence in a Sentence

  1. Their children are on the verge of adolescence.

  2. He struggled through his adolescence.

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Origin and Etymology of adolescence

see 1adolescent


First Known Use: 15th century


ADOLESCENCE Defined for Kids

adolescence

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noun ad·o·les·cence \ˌa-də-ˈle-səns\

Definition of adolescence for Students

  1. :  the period of life between childhood and adulthood


Medical Dictionary

adolescence

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noun ad·o·les·cence \ˌad-əl-ˈes-ən(t)s\

Medical Definition of adolescence

  1. 1:  the state or process of growing up

  2. 2:  the period of life from puberty to maturity terminating legally at the age of majority



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