preadult

adjective pre·adult \ ˌprē-ə-ˈdəlt , -ˈa-ˌdəlt \

Definition of preadult

: preceding adulthood
  • preadult years/experiences
: not yet having reached adulthood or the adult stage of development
  • preadult students
  • preadult larvae

preadult

or pre-adult noun, plural preadults or pre-adults
    • … referring to adults behaving and living as if they are preadults.
    • —David Pitt

preadulthood

play \ˌprē-ə-ˈdəlt-ˌhu̇d\ or pre-adulthood noun

First Known Use of preadult

1899

in the meaning defined above

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preadult

adjective pre·adult \ -ə-ˈdəlt, -ˈad-ˌəlt \

medical Definition of preadult

: occurring or existing prior to adulthood

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