post·​ad·​o·​les·​cent ˌpōst-ˈˌa-də-ˈle-sᵊnt How to pronounce postadolescent (audio)
: of, relating to, or occurring in the period following adolescence and preceding adulthood : being or occurring in postadolescence
As long as there have been agreeable parents and disposable income, the postadolescent adventure has been a rite of passage in the West.Lesley Downer
postadolescent acne
postadolescent males
postadolescent noun
plural postadolescents
… the mischievous postadolescent who brazenly leaped into our living rooms in 1948 … Ken Gross

Word History

First Known Use

1908, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of postadolescent was in 1908

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Cite this Entry

“Postadolescent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


1 of 2 adjective
post·​ad·​o·​les·​cent -ᵊnt How to pronounce postadolescent (audio)
: of, relating to, occurring in, or being in postadolescence


2 of 2 noun
: a postadolescent individual
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