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adolescent

[ad-l-es-uhnt]
adjective
1.
growing to manhood or womanhood; youthful.
2.
having the characteristics of adolescence or of an adolescent.
noun
3.
an adolescent person.

Origin:
1475–85; < Latin adolēscent- (stem of adolēscēns growing up, present participle of adolēscere), equivalent to adol(ē)- (see adult) + -ēsc- -esce + -ent- -ent

adolescently, adverb
postadolescent, adjective, noun
subadolescent, adjective, noun

adolescence, adolescents (see synonym study at adolescent).


1. immature, young. 3. youth, teenager, minor.
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adolescent (ˌædəˈlɛsənt)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to adolescence
2.  informal behaving in an immature way; puerile
 
n
3.  an adolescent person

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adolescent
late 15c., from M.Fr. adolescent, from L. adolescentem (nom. adolescens), prp. of adolescere "grow up," from ad- "to" + alescere "be nourished," hence, "increase, grow up," inchoative of alere "to nourish" (see old). The adj. is first attested in 1785. Adolesce was a back-formed
verb used early 20c. by H.G. Wells, G.B. Shaw, Louis MacNeice, but it seems not to have taken.
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adolescent ad·o·les·cent (ād'l-ěs'ənt)
adj.
Of, relating to, or undergoing adolescence. n.
A young person who has undergone puberty but who has not reached full maturity; a teenager.

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