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juvenility

[joo-vuh-nil-i-tee] /ˌdʒu vəˈnɪl ɪ ti/
noun, plural juvenilities.
1.
juvenile state, character, or manner.
2.
juvenilities, youthful qualities or acts.
3.
an instance of being juvenile.
Origin of juvenility
1615-1625
First recorded in 1615-25; juvenile + -ity
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Examples from the Web for juvenility
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  • It was the oddest mixture of luxury and hardship, of juvenility and old age!

  • I have elsewhere pointed out the juvenility and infatuation of this error.

    A Logic Of Facts George Jacob Holyoake
  • The period of juvenility was shamefully sacrificed to superstition.

    The System of Nature, Volume 2 Paul Henri Thiery (Baron D'Holbach)
  • The hyperbole speaks well for the author's heart, but betrays his juvenility.

    John Greenleaf Whittier W. Sloane Kennedy
  • A son and daughter who had hardly passed the confines of juvenility, with the necessary attendants, formed his household.

  • He is a modest youth, who knows his juvenility, and seeks becoming guardianship.

    Confession W. Gilmore Simms
  • “Some one young” had been his definition of her, and it was she who was to make things lively by reason of the said juvenility!

    Harley Greenoak's Charge Bertram Mitford
  • "Though probably you are hardly of an age to see it yet," says Dean, and he smiles at the juvenility of ambition.

    Peeps at People Robert Cortes Holliday
  • Edgar was enthusiastically carolling 15 a ditty which was then popular among Bayport juvenility.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • My father once took me—but I can not say at what period of my juvenility—into both houses of Parliament.

British Dictionary definitions for juvenility

juvenility

/ˌdʒuːvɪˈnɪlɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the quality or condition of being juvenile, esp of being immature
2.
(often pl) a juvenile act or manner
3.
juveniles collectively
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Word Origin and History for juvenility
n.

1620s, from Latin iuvenilitas "youth," from iuvenilis (see juvenile).

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