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[joo-vuh-nil-i-tee] /ˌdʒu vəˈnɪl ɪ ti/
noun, plural juvenilities.
juvenile state, character, or manner.
juvenilities, youthful qualities or acts.
an instance of being juvenile.
Origin of juvenility
1615-25; juvenile + -ity Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for juvenility
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  • It was the oddest mixture of luxury and hardship, of juvenility and old age!

  • I have elsewhere pointed out the juvenility and infatuation of this error.

    A Logic Of Facts George Jacob Holyoake
  • Edgar was enthusiastically carolling 15 a ditty which was then popular among Bayport juvenility.

    Fair Harbor Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • The period of juvenility was shamefully sacrificed to superstition.

    The System of Nature, Volume 2 Paul Henri Thiery (Baron D'Holbach)
  • The juvenility of him was catching, if it was indeed the man, and not one of the actor's properties.

  • The hyperbole speaks well for the author's heart, but betrays his juvenility.

    John Greenleaf Whittier W. Sloane Kennedy
  • "Though probably you are hardly of an age to see it yet," says Dean, and he smiles at the juvenility of ambition.

    Peeps at People Robert Cortes Holliday
  • He is a modest youth, who knows his juvenility, and seeks becoming guardianship.

    Confession W. Gilmore Simms
  • He did not make it, or attempt to make it, a better play, but he in some measure corrected its juvenility of expression.

    Early Plays Henrik Ibsen
  • I forgave Miss Jessie her singing out of tune, and her juvenility of dress, when I saw her at home.

    Cranford Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
British Dictionary definitions for juvenility


noun (pl) -ties
the quality or condition of being juvenile, esp of being immature
(often pl) a juvenile act or manner
juveniles collectively
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for juvenility

1620s, from Latin iuvenilitas "youth," from iuvenilis (see juvenile).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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