pre·​pu·​bes·​cent | \ ˌprē-pyü-ˈbe-sᵊnt How to pronounce prepubescent (audio) \

Definition of prepubescent

: of, relating to, being in, or occurring in the period of development immediately preceding puberty prepubescent children prepubescent growth

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prepubescent noun

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Arguably, multiplayer gaming, by being both social and competitive, satisfy love and esteem (though anyone who's had a prepubescent teammate screaming slurs in their headphones might object to the former). Carter Melrose, WIRED, "Why Battle Royale Games Like Fortnite Are Everywhere (It’s Not Just Money)," 14 June 2018 In June 2016, Corum sent images of prepubescent children being abused to another person over the internet, officials said. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "Sacramento man pleads guilty to directing Philippines child porn over Skype," 11 June 2018 The film was a lot about acknowledging the voice of the prepubescent girl, letting my child self speak and showing things from her point of view. Abigail Pesta, Marie Claire, "This Woman's True Story of Child Sexual Abuse Is Now a Movie Starring Laura Dern," 24 May 2018 The Balthus work at the Met, that’s about how men experience the world, how men view prepubescent girls. Michael Slenske And Molly Langmuir, The Cut, "Who’s Afraid of the Female Nude?," 18 Apr. 2018 Olson said some critics incorrectly concluded that gender-altering surgery is being performed on the prepubescent children in her study. David Crary, The Christian Science Monitor, "$1 million grant will expand first large-scale, national study of transgender kids," 13 Apr. 2018 Karageanes said it should not be used on prepubescent girls. Mark Alesia, Indianapolis Star, "Larry Nassar: The making of a monster who abused gymnasts for decades," 8 Mar. 2018 Salling was awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor charges. Tess Koman, Cosmopolitan, "Mark Salling's Body Was Reportedly Found By Chance," 31 Jan. 2018 Stranger Things 2 picks up a year after the events of season one, when the gang of prepubescent friends from Hawkins, Indiana, escaped the Demogorgon and the evil henchmen of Hawkins lab. Vogue, "Stranger Things 2 Is a Worthy Sequel," 24 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of prepubescent

1904, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of prepubescent

formal : relating to or being in the period of life just before puberty


pre·​pu·​bes·​cent | \ -ᵊnt How to pronounce prepubescent (audio) \

Medical Definition of prepubescent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, being in, or occurring in the period of development immediately preceding puberty prepubescent children prepubescent growth



Medical Definition of prepubescent (Entry 2 of 2)

: a prepubescent child

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