[pree-uh-duhlt, pree-ad-uhlt]


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

Nearby words

  1. preadapt,
  2. preadaptation,
  3. preadmission,
  4. preadolescence,
  5. preadolescent,
  6. preagonal,
  7. preakness,
  8. preallotment,
  9. prealtar,
  10. prealternate molt

Origin of preadult

First recorded in 1900–05; pre- + adult

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

Medicine definitions for preadult




Of or relating to the period preceding adulthood or the adult stage of the life cycle.

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