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

Other Words from prepubescent

prepubescent noun

Examples of prepubescent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Under federal law, possessing child pornography involving a prepubescent minor is punishable by up to 20 years in prison for those without a prior conviction. Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2022 In any form, crushes are common among prepubescent kids and satisfy important needs. Elissa Strauss, CNN, 26 Mar. 2022 That concept packs a lot of promise — a prepubescent reaction to growing up — but fails to muster anything particularly scary. Gem Seddon, Vulture, 29 Oct. 2021 Some of the images and videos depicted prepubescent minors and sadomasochistic conduct. Madison Bateman,, 25 Oct. 2021 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 See More

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First Known Use of prepubescent

1904, in the meaning defined above

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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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