- 1(Of a young person) in the process of developing from a child into an adult: many parents find it hard to understand their adolescent childrenMore example sentences
- Pregnancy and child bearing occur before adolescent girls are fully developed, exposing them to great health risks.
- Dietary supplement use is a well-documented practice among adult and adolescent athletes.
- Screening to detect problem drinking is recommended in all adult and adolescent patients.
- 1.1Relating to or characteristic of adolescence: his adolescent years adolescent problemsMore example sentences
- To do this they must take into account the characteristics of adolescent behaviour.
- They speak in an almost matter-of-fact way, recounting the catalogue of bad behaviour that has characterised the adolescent years for Alan.
- Is it not hard enough to manage these oversized automobiles around the city without the yelling of voices and pushing of adolescent teens?
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- An adolescent boy or girl: the books are aimed at children and adolescentsMore example sentences
teenager, youngster, young person, young adult, young man, young woman, young lady, young one, youth, juvenile, minor; schoolboy, schoolgirl, boy, girl, lad, lass, stripling, fledgling, whippersnapper; Scottish & Northern English bairn• archaic hobbledehoy
- Does the government see adolescents and youth as a cohesive group that needs separate attention?
- Children, adolescents, parents and teachers should be made aware of this problem.
- The standard of behaviour, especially that of young adolescents, has become a matter of concern.
late Middle English (as a noun): via French from Latin adolescent- 'coming to maturity', from adolescere, from ad- 'to' + alescere 'grow, grow up', from alere 'nourish'. The adjective dates from the late 18th century.