pre·​adult ˌprē-ə-ˈdəlt How to pronounce preadult (audio)
: preceding adulthood
preadult years/experiences
: not yet having reached adulthood or the adult stage of development
preadult students
preadult larvae
preadult noun
or pre-adult
plural preadults or pre-adults
… referring to adults behaving and living as if they are preadults. David Pitt
preadulthood noun
or pre-adulthood

Word History

First Known Use

1899, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of preadult was in 1899

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Cite this Entry

“Preadult.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition


: occurring or existing prior to adulthood
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