- growing to manhood or womanhood; youthful.
- having the characteristics of adolescence or of an adolescent.
- an adolescent person.
Origin of adolescent
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Examples from the Web for adolescent
But for adolescent inmates, says U. S. Attorney Preet Bharara, “Rikers Island is broken.”Here’s a Reform Even the Koch Brothers and George Soros Can Agree On
November 10, 2014
What is new, however, is the role that technology is playing in adolescent sexuality.Sexting Is the New ‘First Base’
October 9, 2014
An investment in creating a non-violent world for adolescent girls will have many positive impacts.
Adolescent girls are one of the most vulnerable populations in the world.
A rite of passage solely reserved for adolescent girls, the painful custom is believed to be as old as the local creation myth.Facial Tattoos: The Tribal Female Rite in Papua New Guinea
August 11, 2014
The trouble was in his conditioning, started when he was an adolescent.The Odyssey of Sam Meecham
Charles E. Fritch
This then is the duality of my day and my night being: a duality so bitter to an adolescent.Fantasia of the Unconscious
D. H. Lawrence
I'll admit that the adolescent seems all that at times, but that is only on the surface.On the Firing Line in Education
Adoniram Judson Ladd
It was cub rage, but it was adolescent cub, and it was somehow significant.Under the Law
Edwina Stanton Babcock
She is ingenious, She used to strum ballads to the moon on my adolescent nerves.Very Woman
Remy de Gourmont
- of or relating to adolescence
- informal behaving in an immature way; puerile
- an adolescent person
Word Origin and History for adolescent
mid-15c., "youth, young man," from Middle French adolescent (15c.) or directly from Latin adolescentem (nominative adolescens) "growing, near maturity, youthful," present participle of adolescere "grow up, come to maturity, ripen," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + alescere "be nourished," hence, "increase, grow up," inchoative of alere "to nourish" (see old). Adolesce was a back-formed verb used early 20c. by H.G. Wells, G.B. Shaw, Louis MacNeice, but it seems not to have taken.
1785, from Latin adolescentem (nominative adolescens) "growing, near maturity, youthful," present participle of adolescere "grow up, come to maturity, ripen" (see adolescent (n.)).
- Of, relating to, or undergoing adolescence.
- A young person who has undergone puberty but who has not reached full maturity; a teenager.