Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Becoming young or youthful.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Becoming juvenile or young.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Growing or becoming young.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Becoming young; growing young in appearance.

Etymologies

Latin iuvenēscēns, iuvenēscent-, present participle of iuvenēscere, to reach the age of youth, from iuvenis, young; see juvenile.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin juvenescens, present participle of juvenesco (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Organizers had crowed happily as they gazed upon the sea of young faces, but could offer the juvenescent crowd only well-intentioned but sad displays of paleofeminism.

    Big Girls Don’t Cry

  • Judge Stockdale must interpret the laws regarding the charges against Mr. Gall, he must find Mr. Gall a harmless brute, not a criminal, criminals go to jail, harmless juvenescent behavior is punished by community service.

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  • Jails are to house violent criminals, those that might harm our citizens, not juvenescent behavior.

    Deters Is Right (For A Change)

  • The _Thuja occidentalis_ [39] in the juvenescent and adult form, offers an example where morphological and chemical differences go hand in hand.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 623, December 10, 1887

  • She liked young people, too, and contrived to let them know it, to the end that her dances, while formal, were gay rather than "stodgy," juvenescent rather than patriarchal.

    Madcap

  • And the young priest was deeply touched, for this was love, absolute love in its sudden omnipotence, true love, eternal and juvenescent, in which ambition and calculation played no part.

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  • "Flora;" by which juvenescent name his aged Indian handmaid was known, usually announced her presence with an imitation of a curlew's cry: it could not be her.

    Drift from Two Shores

  • This operation is performed in the spring, and is annually repeated until the vine is five years old, the plants thus being in a state of continual progression, a system which accounts for the juvenescent aspect of the

    Facts About Champagne and Other Sparkling Wines

  • To tell you the truth I’m not interested in listening to the psychodynamics of local juvenescent talking heads.

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  • "In the juvescence of the year/Came Christ the tiger" from Gerontion by TS Eliot

    May 16, 2008

  • Becoming young.

    May 16, 2008