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juvenile

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

Definition of juvenile

  1. 1 :  physiologically immature or undeveloped :  young juvenile birds

  2. 2a :  of, relating to, characteristic of, or suitable for children or young people juvenile fictionb :  of or relating to young people who have committed or are accused of committing a criminal offense the juvenile justice system juvenile crime

  3. 3 :  reflecting psychological or intellectual immaturity :  childish juvenile behavior juvenile pranks told him he was being juvenile

  4. 4 :  derived from sources within the earth and coming to the surface for the first time —used especially of water and gas

Examples of juvenile in a Sentence

  1. She criticized his juvenile behavior at the party.

  2. a juvenile alligator just hatched from its egg

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Origin and Etymology of juvenile

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


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juvenile

noun ju·ve·nile

Definition of juvenile

  1. 1a :  a young person :  youth a gang of juvenilesb :  a book for children or young people

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

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

Examples of juvenile in a Sentence

  1. She works to keep juveniles away from drugs.

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

Recent Examples of juvenile from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of juvenile

see 1juvenile



JUVENILE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of juvenile for English Language Learners

  • : unpleasantly childish

  • : relating to or meant for young people

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

juvenile

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Definition of juvenile for English Language Learners

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

  • : a young bird or animal


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 for Students

  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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noun ju·ve·nile

Definition of juvenile for Students

  1. :  a young person :  youth


Medical Dictionary

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juvenile

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adjective ju·ve·nile \ˈjü-və-ˌnīl, -vən-əl\

Medical Definition of juvenile

  1. 1:  physiologically immature or undeveloped juvenile fish

  2. 2:  of, relating to, characteristic of, or affecting children or young people juvenile arthritis

  3. 3:  reflecting psychological or intellectual immaturity juvenile behavior


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juvenile

noun ju·ve·nile

Medical Definition of juvenile

  1. 1:  a young person; especially :  one below the legally established age (as of 18) of adulthood

  2. 2:  a young individual resembling an adult of its kind except in size and reproductive activity


Law Dictionary

juvenile

noun ju·ve·nile \ˈjü-və-ˌnīl, -nəl\

Legal Definition of juvenile

  1. :  an individual who is under an age fixed by law (as 18 years) at which he or she would be charged as an adult for a criminal act — compare minor



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