adolescent

noun
ad·o·les·cent | \-sᵊnt \

Definition of adolescent 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

adolescent

adjective

Definition of adolescent (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from adolescent

Adjective

adolescently adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for adolescent

Synonyms: Adjective

immature, juvenile, young, youngish, youthful

Antonyms: Adjective

adult, grown-up, mature, matured

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Examples of adolescent in a Sentence

Noun

Their children are now adolescents.

Adjective

an adolescent sheepdog, who hasn't quite gotten the hang of keeping the sheep huddled together would hope that the college students had outgrown such adolescent behavior
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Photosensitive epilepsy is more common in children and adolescents, according to the Epilepsy Foundation. Korin Miller, SELF, "Why Movie Theaters Are Posting Warnings About All of the Strobe Lights in 'Incredibles 2'," 22 June 2018 The report looked at national survey data on supplement use among 4,404 children and adolescents from 2003 to 2014. Alexandra Sifferlin, Time, "A Third of Children Use Dietary Supplements. Here’s Why Researchers Say That’s Concerning," 18 June 2018 Ninety percent of adult concussions resolve in seven to 10 days, but recovery time often is longer for children and adolescents. Michael Roizen, M.d., And Mehmet Oz, Houston Chronicle, "How can you recognize and prevent suicide?," 17 June 2018 The lion's share of such children are the adolescents. Carol Marbin Miller, miamiherald, "Hisplace," 15 May 2018 These are also the adolescents who do not respond to punishment: nothing hurts. Rob Verger, Newsweek, "Newsweek Rewind: 15 Years After Columbine, a Nation Still Asks ‘Why?’," 17 Apr. 2014 Nearly all victims were women, and a surprising number were adolescents. Tom Jackman, chicagotribune.com, "In police sexual misconduct case, Michigan woman sues officer she accused of assault," 13 July 2018 Nearly all victims were women, and a surprising number were adolescents. Tom Jackman, Washington Post, "In police sexual misconduct case, Michigan woman sues officer she accused of assault," 13 July 2018 In 2012 roughly 20% of Swedish adolescents reported at least five instances of self-harming behavior, and the teen suicide rate hit a 25-year high in 2013. Erica Komisar, WSJ, "The Human Cost of Sweden’s Welfare State," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

About one in four adolescent girls deliberately harmed herself in the previous year, often by cutting or burning, compared to about one in 10 boys. Emily Baumgaertner, New York Times, "How Many Teenage Girls Deliberately Harm Themselves? Nearly 1 in 4, Survey Finds.," 2 July 2018 Before joining Pathway, Golick worked as a therapist at Muir Woods Adolescent & Family Services, a residential care program for adolescent boys. Chelsea Bailey, NBC News, "California veterans home victims ‘lived their lives to serve,’ friends say," 10 Mar. 2018 From the time they are born, children emotionally attach to their caregiver and vice versa, said Lisa Fortuna, medical director for child and adolescent psychiatry at Boston Medical Center. William Wan, chicagotribune.com, "What separation from parents does to children: 'The effect is catastrophic'," 18 June 2018 From the time they are born, children emotionally attach to their caregiver and vice versa, said Lisa Fortuna, medical director for child and adolescent psychiatry at Boston Medical Center. William Wan, Washington Post, "What separation from parents does to children: ‘The effect is catastrophic’," 18 June 2018 This play by the writer and filmmaker Kevin Willmott examines those adolescent years, which fostered Dr. King’s decision to become both a minister and a civil rights activist. Laurel Graeber, New York Times, "7 Things to Do With Your Kids in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 21 June 2018 Boston Medical Center’s Grayken Center for Addiction is teaming up with the national nonprofit Partnership for Drug-Free Kids to provide free resources and advice to parents whose adolescent or adult children are struggling with addiction. Felice J. Freyer, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston Medical Center establishes a lifeline for parents of addicted teens, adults," 6 June 2018 Here's a list of resources available to LGBT youth in the Phoenix area: Gender identity Phoenix Children's Hospital's adolescent medicine department provides many services to LGBT youth. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Arizona groups offer health, housing help to LGBT youth," 14 July 2018 The Deadpool films are built on raunchier, more adult (or at least more adolescent) humor. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "The best superhero stories admit that superheroes are ridiculous," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of adolescent

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for adolescent

Noun

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

Adjective

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 adult entry 1

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More Definitions for adolescent

adolescent

noun
ad·o·les·cent | \ˌa-də-ˈle-sᵊnt \

Kids Definition of adolescent

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

adolescent

noun
ad·o·les·cent | \-ᵊnt \

Medical Definition of adolescent 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: one that is in the state of adolescence

adolescent

adjective

Medical Definition of adolescent (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or being in adolescence

Other Words from adolescent

adolescently adverb

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