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adolescent

noun ad·o·les·cent \ -sᵊnt \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of adolescent

: a young person who is developing into an adult : one who is in the state of adolescence

Examples of adolescent in a Sentence

  1. Their children are now adolescents.

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Origin and Etymology of adolescent

Middle English, borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French, borrowed from Latin adolēscent-, adolēscens "young man or woman, youth," noun derivative of adolēscens 2adolescent


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adolescent

adjective

Definition of adolescent

1 : of, relating to, or being in adolescence
  • adolescent growth
  • adolescent boys and girls
2 : emotionally or intellectually immature
  • did not appreciate her husband's adolescent high jinks

adolescently

adverb

Examples of adolescent in a Sentence

  1. an adolescent sheepdog, who hasn't quite gotten the hang of keeping the sheep huddled together

  2. would hope that the college students had outgrown such adolescent behavior

Recent Examples of adolescent from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of adolescent

borrowed from French & Latin; French, going back to Middle French, borrowed from Latin adolēscent-, adolēscens, adulēscens "young, youthful," present participle of adolēscere, adulēscere "to become mature, grow up" — more at 1adult


ADOLESCENT Defined for Kids

adolescent

noun ad·o·les·cent \ ˌa-də-ˈle-sᵊnt \

Definition of adolescent for Students

: a person who is no longer a child but not yet an adult

Medical Dictionary

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adolescent

noun ad·o·les·cent \ -ᵊnt \

medical Definition of adolescent

: one that is in the state of adolescence

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adolescent

adjective

medical Definition of adolescent

: of, relating to, or being in adolescence

adolescently

adverb


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