[ pree-uh-duhlt, pree-ad-uhlt ]
/ ˌpri əˈdʌlt, priˈæd ʌlt /


of or relating to the period prior to adulthood: preadult strivings for independence.

Origin of preadult

First recorded in 1900–05; pre- + adult

Related forms

pre·a·dult·hood, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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