prepubescence

noun
pre·​pu·​bes·​cence | \ ˌprē-pyü-ˈbe-sᵊn(t)s How to pronounce prepubescence (audio) \

Definition of prepubescence

: the period of development immediately preceding puberty

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After a few clicks, some played more overtly at prepubescence, posing in children’s clothing. Amanda Taub, New York Times, "On YouTube’s Digital Playground, an Open Gate for Pedophiles," 3 June 2019 Poignant interactions with other kids, your frustration with curricular requirements, the developmental travails of prepubescence. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Itch and the Touch," 28 Oct. 2017 Though more than a century of prepubescence might sound bad, there’s a bright side for the sea creature. Nicholas St. Fleur, New York Times, "Meet the Greenland Shark. It Could Be the Longest-Living Vertebrate.," 11 Aug. 2016

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First Known Use of prepubescence

1908, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of prepubescence was in 1908

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prepubescence

noun
pre·​pu·​bes·​cence | \ -pyü-ˈbes-ᵊn(t)s How to pronounce prepubescence (audio) \

Medical Definition of prepubescence

: the period of development immediately preceding puberty

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