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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Other Words from prepubescent

prepubescent noun

Examples of prepubescent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The new show’s prepubescent wild card, its element of conflict, its chief purveyor of precocious wisecrackery, is Izzy (Quinn Copeland), who has also been abandoned by her mother, and thus worms her way into Punky’s heart and home. John Anderson, WSJ, 23 Feb. 2021 The images were mostly prepubescent children and dated back to 1996, the newspaper reported., 29 Oct. 2020 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, 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, 6 Feb. 2020 One of the images depicted a prepubescent girl being raped by an adult male, according to court documents. Madeline Mitchell,, 17 Oct. 2019 Bell is accused of distributing pornography involving prepubescent minors, younger than 12, last September. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, 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, 11 Sep. 2018 Police found five explicit images of prepubescent girls on Wyler's phone. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, 19 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of prepubescent

1904, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of prepubescent was in 1904

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“Prepubescent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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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