of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or suitable or intended for young persons: juvenile books.
- ju·ve·nile·ly, adverb
- pre·ju·ve·nile, adjective
- un·ju·ve·nile, adjective
- jejune, juvenile
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How to use juvenile in a sentence
After a juvenile manta ray coasted by, wings flapping, Sasso raised his arms in a mock touchdown celebration.
At first, juvenile and young adult titles were a priority, Potash explains, followed by readers “seeking to comfort, educate, and delight themselves during their shelter-in-place periods.”The top 10 business ebooks and audiobooks checked out from public libraries in 2020 | Rachel King | December 30, 2020 | Fortune
Without a standalone juvenile justice department, the state’s responsibilities are limited and scattered across the agency.Judges Are Locking Up Children for Noncriminal Offenses Like Repeatedly Disobeying Their Parents and Skipping School | by Jodi S. Cohen and Duaa Eldeib | December 22, 2020 | ProPublica
In May, Grendell sent Stacy Hartman’s two teenage sons to juvenile detention after they refused a court-ordered visit with their father.The Family Court Judge Who Threatened a Mother With Contempt of Court for Getting Her Child a COVID-19 Test | by Marshall Allen, ProPublica, and Rachel Dissell for ProPublica | December 18, 2020 | ProPublica
Rattray suspects that the turtles are likely returning to areas they identified during their juvenile “lost years” as good habitats with few predators and lots of food.How Sea Turtles Find Their Way - Issue 94: Evolving | Jason G. Goldman | December 16, 2020 | Nautilus
A car was indeed dispatched, with no mention that the suspect was possibly a juvenile and that the gun might be a toy.The Cleveland Cops Who Fired 137 Shots and Cried Victim | Michael Daly | December 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Officers were responding to a report of a missing juvenile girl, and found her in the house of Carey Smith-Viramontes.
Sixty of those 700 are “juvenile lifers,” men who came in as adolescents and are serving a life term.Here’s a Reform Even the Koch Brothers and George Soros Can Agree On | Tina Brown | November 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I was also the front for a juvenile delinquent roaming the streets of New York City and using me as a parental alibi.
When a 16-year-old takes on that wide-eyed, touched-for-the-very-first-time role, it all comes off as a tad more…juvenile.Why 'The Giver' Movie Will Disappoint the Book's Fans | Kevin Fallon | August 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I travelled first-class on a pass with my father, and great was my juvenile pride.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
Shakespeare was one of her favourite books at this time, and she took delight in juvenile attempts at personifying the characters.The Childhood of Distinguished Women | Selina A. Bower
She took more pleasure in her pupils literary efforts, and called him in fun the juvenile Poushkin.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky | Modeste Tchaikovsky
Nothing can be more juvenile or paltry than the works of the native Belgians here exhibited.Little Travels and Roadside Sketches | William Makepeace Thackeray
juvenile delinquency itself has been the subject of much research (especially in the United States) during the past fifty years.Report of the Special Committee on Moral Delinquency in Children and Adolescents | Oswald Chettle Mazengarb et al.
British Dictionary definitions for juvenile
young, youthful, or immature
suitable or designed for young people: juvenile pastimes
(of animals or plants) not yet fully mature
of or denoting young birds that have developed their first plumage of adult feathers
geology occurring at the earth's surface for the first time; new: juvenile water; juvenile gases
a juvenile person, animal, or plant
an actor who performs youthful roles
a book intended for young readers
- juvenilely, adverb
- juvenileness, noun
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