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
plural juveniles

Definition of juvenile (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a young person : youth often, specifically : an individual who is under an age fixed by law (such as 18 years) at which he or she would be charged as an adult for a criminal act … some states also have been changing their laws to give school administrators more access to the records of juveniles whose cases were processed by juvenile courts. — Peter Schmidt
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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In Michigan, no child is technically too young to enter the juvenile justice system. Jennifer Brookland, Detroit Free Press, 13 Sep. 2022 He was then charged with possessing a gun and wound up in the juvenile justice system. Story Hinckley, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 Aug. 2022 In that role, Tilley oversaw the Kentucky State Police and the state departments of corrections and juvenile justice, among other government operations. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, 8 Aug. 2022 Alisa Blair, a key deputy to Democratic Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon who spearheaded his juvenile justice directives, is leaving her post. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 23 July 2022 Sequel built a business based largely on charging state government agencies $250 to $800 a day to house minors from the foster and juvenile justice systems, as well as children with special needs. Tyler Kingkade, NBC News, 22 July 2022 The virtual event, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Baltimore County and the Randallstown NAACP, also touched upon the candidates’ qualifications for the job, juvenile justice issues, preventing recidivism and other topics. Alison Knezevich, Baltimore Sun, 28 June 2022 Part of the bill expands background checks on gun buyers aged 21 and younger to include mental health and juvenile justice records. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 24 June 2022 The framework deal included an agreement to require a search of juvenile justice and mental health records for the youngest gun buyers for the first time. Mike Debonis, Leigh Ann Caldwell, Anchorage Daily News, 22 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Phoenix police have confirmed that a juvenile was transported to the hospital with injuries that were not life threatening in connection to a shooting. Lillian Boyd, The Arizona Republic, 19 Sep. 2022 Authorities said a juvenile is dead and another person has critical injuries after a house fire in Falls Church. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, 6 Sep. 2022 The hawk’s sibling left the nest in San Francisco’s Presidio for the first time Thursday morning, and the remaining juvenile is likely to leave in the next day or two, said Jon Young, wildlife ecologist at Presidio Trust. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 June 2022 The juvenile was not a stranger to Peters, Kelm revealed, adding that tips from the community led to the arrest. Yael Halon, Fox News, 28 Apr. 2022 One study found that half of suicides in youth detention centers occurred while the juvenile was on room confinement. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Apr. 2022 The juvenile transported by helicopter is currently in stable condition after undergoing surgery for a gunshot to the abdomen. Tandra Smith | Tsmith@al.com, al, 21 Feb. 2022 Her mother was also arrested and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 7 Sep. 2022 Sadly, 2nd occupant, a juvenile, died at the hospital. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, 6 Sep. 2022 See More

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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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“Juvenile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/juvenile. Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for juvenile

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

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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