[ US /ˌædəˈɫɛsənt, ˌædoʊˈɫɛsənt/ ]
[ UK /ˌædəlˈɛsənt/ ]
  1. in the state of development between puberty and maturity
    adolescent boys and girls
  2. relating to or peculiar to or suggestive of an adolescent
    adolescent problems
  3. displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity
    jejune responses to our problems
    puerile jokes
    adolescent insecurity
    their behavior was juvenile
  4. being of the age 13 through 19
    teenage mothers
    the teen years
  1. a juvenile between the onset of puberty and maturity
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How To Use adolescent In A Sentence

  • I learned how to negotiate fights between adolescent girls without making it seem like parental interference.
  • This isn't helped a great deal by the characterisation of Lady Teazle: rather than manipulative coquettishness we get a slightly nervous adolescent.
  • My writing partner is a violent, chauvinistic semi-literate adolescent.
  • The conceptus, like the infant, the child, and the adolescent, is a being who is in the process of unfolding its potential; that is, the potential to grow and develop itself but not to change what it is.
  • Objective To study the event-related potential N400 character of semantic matching of sentence-ending words in childhood and adolescent schizophrenia.
  • The adolescent and teenage birth rate has fallen by nearly half since 1992.
  • Life is more uncertain, so the task of launching an adolescent into the world has become more complicated.
  • To answer the 300-odd posers on the questionnaire without then being persuaded to sign up for the religion was an essential rite-of-passage for any spotty adolescent struggling to find their own voice.
  • Type 2 used to be called adult onset diabetes, but we can't call it that anymore because it is onsetting with adolescents and even preteen kids. Campaigning for a Healthier America
  • I find the fetishization of hairlessness strange… I wonder sometimes if it is not the result of the idealization of adolescent body types. The Most Hairiest Man in the World? » Sociological Images
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