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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Recent Examples on the Web The general rule for kids’ strength-building is that prepubescent children are safest doing body-weight exercises, such as push-ups and situps, while teenagers can lift weights. Washington Post Staff, Washington Post, "The ultimate parents’ guide to education and activity resources," 28 Apr. 2020 Here, a prepubescent girl with a body not unlike Degas’s little dancer, is shown clothed in and surrounded by gold, standing in the dusty yard of a decrepit house. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "Noah Davis Is Gone; His Paintings Continue to Hypnotize," 6 Feb. 2020 One of the images depicted a prepubescent girl being raped by an adult male, according to court documents. Madeline Mitchell,, "Mount Auburn man arrested on child porn charges," 17 Oct. 2019 Bell is accused of distributing pornography involving prepubescent minors, younger than 12, last September. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage therapist who worked with children indicted on child porn charges," 2 Oct. 2019 Though the conversation around size and age diversity is rapidly evolving, her frustrations are still all too familiar in the modeling industry, where the pressure to maintain prepubescent dimensions can be crushing. Chioma Nnadi, Vogue, "Karlie Kloss Gets Candid About Politics, Her Relationship, and Women in Tech," 11 Sep. 2018 Police found five explicit images of prepubescent girls on Wyler's phone. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "Retired Hamilton County deputy posted child pornography to Pinterest, police say," 19 Aug. 2019 The kids, for all their F-bombs and addled hormones, are actually all right — Max (Jacob Tremblay), Lucas (Keith L. Williams), and Thor (Brady Noon), best friends united by the prepubescent bedlam of sixth grade. Leah Greenblatt,, "Tween comedy Good Boys delivers crass silliness — and some hard-R charm," 19 Aug. 2019 Federal authorities seized thousands of child pornographic images from Mandish’s computers, including hundreds of videos that included images of prepubescent children, bestiality, bondage, sadomasochism and rape, Maloney told the court., "Gaston man who downloaded child pornography sentenced to 8 years in federal prison," 9 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of prepubescent

1904, in the meaning defined above

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“Prepubescent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of prepubescent

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


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Medical Definition of prepubescent

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: 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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