[ ad-l-es-uhns ]
/ ˌæd lˈɛs əns /
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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 adolescenceadolescence , adolescents
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British Dictionary definitions for adolescence
/ (ˌædəˈlɛsəns) /
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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Scientific definitions for adolescence
[ ăd′l-ĕs′əns ]
The period of physical and psychological development from puberty to the onset of adulthood.
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