the period preceding adolescence, usually designated as the years from 10 to 13.
Origin of preadolescence
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Related Words for preadolescenceadolescence, juvenility, boyhood, juvenescence, spring, youth, greenness, potency, girlhood, springtime, youthfulness, pubescence, teens
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The same principles should carry over into the intermediate, or preadolescence, age.How to Teach Religion
George Herbert Betts
The period of childhood just preceding the onset of puberty, often designated as between the ages of 10 and 12 in girls and 11 and 13 in boys.
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