Definition of preadolescent in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌpriːadəˈlɛs(ə)nt/


1(Of a child) having nearly reached adolescence: preadolescent girls
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  • It homogenises things around the key demographic of the show (adolescent and pre-adolescent kids, particularly girls) to an unfortunate degree - but hey - this is commercial TV.
  • Because his or her body is not ready yet, do not encourage your pre-adolescent child to participate in adult-style physical activity such as long jogs, using an exercise bike or treadmill, or lifting heavy weights.
  • The qualities aimed for are those prized by pre-adolescent children: noise, distraction, and nervous excitement.
1.1Relating to the two or three years preceding adolescence: Mozart’s preadolescent sonatas


A preadolescent child.
Example sentences
  • Still other camps serve pre-adolescents who, bubbling and tripping along with enthusiasm and zeal, are clamoring to figure out the concept of ‘us.’
  • She reveals, albeit incidentally, what makes ballroom practice so universal for these pre-adolescents: each wants to fit in and each has a keen desire to understand the adult world.
  • When the war ends, the city is left with gangs of pre-adolescents armed to the teeth, who have neither qualms about murder nor basic reading and writing skills.



Example sentences
  • Parents and children were all buried together and although the parents lived to a decent old age they were unfortunate to lose their children, either in infancy, pre-adolescence or early adulthood.
  • Or was he Peter Pan who wanted to live out this fantasy of always being young so that his development was arrested pre-adolescence?
  • This being pre-adolescence, I also rather liked the canvases smothered in greasy black spots.

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