preadolescence

noun

pre·​ad·​o·​les·​cence ˌprē-ˌa-də-ˈle-sᵊn(t)s How to pronounce preadolescence (audio)
: the period of human development just preceding adolescence
specifically : the period between the approximate ages of 9 and 12
preadolescent adjective or noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Yet there’s no better example of the genius of Big Mouth—a comedy that nails the sophomoric physical humor of preadolescence but whose hilarious portrait of puberty is really a mirror held up to adult sexuality—more than what follows. Judy Berman, Time, 4 Oct. 2019 Instead, the rats concerned acted normally until given their preadolescence doses of THC. The Economist, 19 Oct. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of preadolescence was in 1907

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Cite this Entry

“Preadolescence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preadolescence. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

preadolescence

noun

pre·​ad·​o·​les·​cence -ˌad-ᵊl-ˈes-ᵊn(t)s How to pronounce preadolescence (audio)
: the period of human development just preceding adolescence
specifically : the period between the approximate ages of 9 and 12

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