Definitions

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

  • adj. Of or relating to the period preceding adulthood or the adult stage of the life cycle: preadult anxieties; the preadult morph.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not yet adult.
  • n. One who is not yet an adult.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Youthful; prior to the advent of adult life.

Etymologies

pre- +‎ adult (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The above social realities, and increased recognition of the length of time involved in preadult personality consolidation, plus financial dependency and increased academic preparation, have expanded the concept of adolescence and the mastery of age-appropriate tasks beyond the teen and even college years.

    Clinical Work with Adolescents

  • Barely a week passes without a flash bulletin blinding us with news of another prominent preadult who is in the family way or showing off her underthings. ...

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  • Barely a week passes without a flash bulletin blinding us with news of another prominent preadult who is in the family way or showing off her underthings.

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