[ pree-ad-l-es-uhns ]
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  1. the period preceding adolescence, usually designated as the years from 10 to 13.

Origin of preadolescence

First recorded in 1925–30; pre- + adolescence

Words Nearby preadolescence Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use preadolescence in a sentence

  • The same principles should carry over into the intermediate, or preadolescence, age.

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