American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or undergoing adolescence. See Synonyms at young.
- adj. Characteristic of adolescence; immature: an adolescent sense of humor.
- n. A young person who has undergone puberty but who has not reached full maturity; a teenager.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Growing up; advancing from childhood to manhood or womanhood; youthful.
- n. One who is growing up; a person of either sex during the period of adolescence.
- In physical geography, noting that stage of land-sculpture, between youth and maturity, in which some rapids still remain even in the larger streams.
- adj. Characteristic of, or relating to, or undergoing adolescence; immature.
- n. A teenager; a juvenile after puberty
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Growing; advancing from childhood to maturity.
- n. A youth.
- adj. relating to or peculiar to or suggestive of an adolescent
- adj. displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity
- n. a juvenile between the onset of puberty and maturity
- adj. in the state of development between puberty and maturity
- adj. being of the age 13 through 19
- First attested 1482, from Middle French adolescent, from Latin adolescentem, accusative form of adolescens, present participle of adolescere ("to become adult, grow up"), from ad- ("to") + alescere ("to grow or become nourished"). The adjective first appeared in 1785. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin adolēscēns, adolēscent-, present participle of adolēscere, to grow up : ad-, ad- + alēscere, to grow, inchoative of alere, to nourish; see al-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I agree with a lot of this, although I think it's complicated by the fact that the rise of the popular music industry was also fueled by an economic quirk: the post-WWII increase in adolescent disposable income.”
“Think about it: industrialist builds wealth by building stuff; rich heirs drift leftward and, in adolescent fashion, rail against the industry that provided them with their affluence.”
“Someone ought to do a study on how many times Americans have freaked out about a new trend in adolescent sexual habits.”
“We know that the adolescent is spontaneously homosexual.”
“In a world where political leaders lose themselves, like Wagnerian Gods, in adolescent diversions, great artists such as Wagner provide reminders of what's at stake when human beings fail to address the real issues at hand.”
“The evidence strongly suggests that investing in adolescent girls is a key way to break inter-generational patterns of poverty.”
“Family therapy reduces stress symptoms in adolescent cancer survivors”
“The Craig-Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine offers an innovative fellowship that is designed to prepare academic leaders in adolescent medicine.”
“The remaining portion of the first year is spent on the development of a research project in adolescent medicine, identifying a research topic and beginning to prepare a research proposal.”
“The principal responsibility of the fellow during the first year is the development of clinical skills in adolescent medicine.”
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