[ pree-uh-duhlt, pree-ad-uhlt ]
/ ˌpri əˈdʌlt, priˈæd ʌlt /
of or relating to the period prior to adulthood: preadult strivings for independence.
The Problem With AwesomeMany words have been wasted on the subject of when adulthood starts. Some hold that it comes about with the right to drink alcoholic beverages or vote in an election. For particularly stringent grammarians of a certain generation, the rite of passage that marks the official start of adulthood is the point at which one becomes annoyed at hearing someone say that something is awesome, …
Related formspre·a·dult·hood, noun
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Medicine definitions for pre-adulthood
[ prē′ə-dŭlt′ ]
Of or relating to the period preceding adulthood or the adult stage of the life cycle.
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