preadolescent

[ pree-ad-l-es-uhnt ]
/ ˌpri æd lˈɛs ənt /

adjective

of or relating to preadolescence or a preadolescent.

noun

a person who is in the preadolescent years.

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Origin of preadolescent

First recorded in 1905–10; pre- + adolescent
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British Dictionary definitions for preadolescent

preadolescent
/ (ˌpriːædəˈlɛsənt) /

noun

a person who has not yet reached adolescence

adjective

of or relating to the period before adolescence
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