adolescence

[ ad-l-es-uh ns ]
/ ˌæd lˈɛs əns /

noun

the transitional period between puberty and adulthood in human development, extending mainly over the teen years and terminating legally when the age of majority is reached; youth.
the process or state of growing to maturity.
a period or stage of development, as of a society, preceding maturity.

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Origin of adolescence

1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French < Latin adolēscentia. See adolescent, -ence

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH adolescence

adolescence adolescents (see synonym study at adolescent)

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British Dictionary definitions for adolescence

adolescence
/ (ˌædəˈlɛsəns) /

noun

the period in human development that occurs between the beginning of puberty and adulthood

Word Origin for adolescence

C15: via Old French from Latin adolēscentia, from adolēscere to grow up, from alēscere to grow, from alēre to feed, nourish
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Medical definitions for adolescence

adolescence
[ ăd′l-ĕsəns ]

n.

The period of physical and psychological development from the onset of puberty to complete growth and maturity.
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Scientific definitions for adolescence

adolescence
[ ăd′l-ĕsəns ]

The period of physical and psychological development from puberty to the onset of adulthood.
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