the transitional period between puberty and adulthood in human development, extending mainly over the teen years and terminating legally when the age of majority is reached; youth.
the process or state of growing to maturity.
a period or stage of development, as of a society, preceding maturity.

1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French < Latin adolēscentia. See adolescent, -ence

adolescence, adolescents (see synonym study at adolescent). Unabridged
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adolescence (ˌædəˈlɛsəns)
the period in human development that occurs between the beginning of puberty and adulthood
[C15: via Old French from Latin adolēscentia, from adolēscere to grow up, from alēscere to grow, from alēre to feed, nourish]

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Word Origin & History

early 15c., from O.Fr. adolescence (13c.), from L. adolescentia, noun of state from adolescentem (see adolescent).
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adolescence ad·o·les·cence (ād'l-ěs'əns)
The period of physical and psychological development from the onset of puberty to complete growth and maturity.

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adolescence   (ād'l-ěs'əns)  Pronunciation Key 
The period of physical and psychological development from puberty to the onset of adulthood.
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