juvenile

adjective
ju·​ve·​nile | \ ˈjü-və-ˌnī(-ə)l How to pronounce juvenile (audio) , -nᵊl How to pronounce juvenile (audio) \

Definition of juvenile

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : physiologically immature or undeveloped : young juvenile birds
2a : of, relating to, characteristic of, or suitable for children or young people juvenile fiction
b : of or relating to young people who have committed or are accused of committing a criminal offense the juvenile justice system juvenile crime
3 : reflecting psychological or intellectual immaturity : childish juvenile behavior juvenile pranks told him he was being juvenile
4 : derived from sources within the earth and coming to the surface for the first time used especially of water and gas

juvenile

noun

Definition of juvenile (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a young person : youth a gang of juveniles
b : a book for children or young people
2 : a young individual resembling an adult of its kind except in size and reproductive activity: such as
a : a fledged bird not yet in adult plumage
b : a 2-year-old racehorse
3 : an actor or actress who plays youthful parts

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Synonyms & Antonyms for juvenile

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of juvenile in a Sentence

Adjective She criticized his juvenile behavior at the party. a juvenile alligator just hatched from its egg Noun She works to keep juveniles away from drugs. a medical study that followed juveniles through adolescence and into adulthood
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In fact, the music is just part of the much larger journey of Will Hawkins (Kevin Quinn), a teen who is faced with a choice between being sent to a juvenile detention center or spending a week at a Christian camp. Sabienna Bowman, refinery29.com, "The Cast Of Netflix’s A Week Away Is Stacked With Singers," 26 Mar. 2021 Alvarez was booked into a juvenile center with no bond status on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Nienke Onneweer, The Arizona Republic, "14-year-old arrested on suspicion of shooting 2 people in Mesa home," 12 Mar. 2021 The suspect was being held Monday in the juvenile justice center in Pine Bluff, authorities said. Tina Burnside And Jason Hanna, CNN, "Student shot in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, school shooting has died," 4 Mar. 2021 Officials at the juvenile center did not return CBS News' messages for comment. Paulina Smolinski, CBS News, ""It's like we're not even human": Texas inmates face frigid temperatures during weather crisis," 20 Feb. 2021 Last November, the director of the national police, Gen. Mario Rozas, resigned after officers raided a juvenile center and shot two children in Talcahuano, in southern Chile. Mike Ives, BostonGlobe.com, "Public buildings set ablaze in Chile after police shoot street juggler," 6 Feb. 2021 The teenager is being held at a juvenile detention center. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "Soldier, 16-year-old charged in death of Fort Drum corporal found shot, buried under snow," 2 Jan. 2021 Rittenhouse surrendered to police in his hometown of Antioch, Illinois, the next morning and was held in a juvenile detention center while challenging his extradition to Wisconsin. Editors, USA TODAY, "Here's the biggest news you missed this weekend," 22 Nov. 2020 She was also arrested and sent to juvenile detention for an evaluation. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "A Florida Mother & Daughter Were Arrested For Rigging A High School Homecoming Election," 17 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The suspect in the teen’s killing is also believed to be a juvenile. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Teen killed in west Alabama shooting; 89-year-old woman injured in retaliatory gunfire," 5 Mar. 2021 Police have made one arrest — a juvenile — in the attack, according to Carr. Washington Post, "A landlord’s assault reignites questions about D.C.'s eviction moratorium," 24 Mar. 2021 The juvenile who was a passenger in the vehicle succumbed to injuries from the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Greg Garrison | Ggarrison@al.com, al, "Elmore County crash kills one," 14 Mar. 2021 The juvenile, who wasn’t named due to his age, had already surrendered to Boston police following the January incident, according to officials. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Dorchester resident, 18, arrested for ‘numerous’ alleged carjackings, State Police say," 3 Mar. 2021 Police found the first victim, a male juvenile, around 4 a.m. local time suffering from gunshot wounds northeast of downtown Indianapolis, a police spokesman told reporters. NBC News, "Five people, including pregnant woman, killed in 'act of mass murder' in Indianapolis," 24 Jan. 2021 Each of the suspects are accused of first- and second-degree robbery and were booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center — except for the juvenile, who was booked at the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center. oregonlive, "Suspect in NE Portland marijuana dispensary robbery jumped counter, pointed gun at worker, records allege," 5 Jan. 2021 During the arrest, a bystander flagged down the deputy and reported that the man had been following a juvenile, who ran to a nearby grocery store to ask for help. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Deputy spots attempted kidnapping suspect from L.A. wanted flier, arrests him," 3 Sep. 2020 Also arrested were an unnamed juvenile and Clinton Warren, who is listed in UT's online directory as a student but is not a member of the football team. Blake Toppmeyer, USA TODAY, "Tennessee football suspends three players after arrests related to misdemeanor drug possession," 13 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of juvenile

Adjective

1625, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1733, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for juvenile

Adjective and Noun

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

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The first known use of juvenile was in 1625

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8 Apr 2021

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“Juvenile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/juvenile. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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juvenile

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of juvenile

 (Entry 1 of 2)

disapproving : unpleasantly childish
: relating to or meant for young people
: of or relating to young people who have committed crimes

juvenile

noun

English Language Learners Definition of juvenile (Entry 2 of 2)

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

juvenile

adjective
ju·​ve·​nile | \ ˈjü-və-ˌnīl How to pronounce juvenile (audio) , -və-nᵊl \

Kids Definition of juvenile

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : not fully grown or developed a juvenile bird
2 : of or designed for young people a juvenile magazine
3 : having or showing a lack of emotional maturity juvenile pranks

juvenile

noun

Kids Definition of juvenile (Entry 2 of 2)

: a young person : youth

juvenile

adjective
ju·​ve·​nile | \ ˈjü-və-ˌnīl How to pronounce juvenile (audio) , -vən-ᵊl How to pronounce juvenile (audio) \

Medical Definition of juvenile

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : physiologically immature or undeveloped juvenile fish
2 : of, relating to, characteristic of, or affecting children or young people juvenile arthritis
3 : reflecting psychological or intellectual immaturity juvenile behavior

juvenile

noun

Medical Definition of juvenile (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a young person especially : one below the legally established age (as of 18) of adulthood
2 : a young individual resembling an adult of its kind except in size and reproductive activity

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juvenile

noun
ju·​ve·​nile | \ ˈjü-və-ˌnīl, -nəl \

Legal Definition of juvenile

: 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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