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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of prepuberty.
  • n. A prepubescent child.

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  • adj. Before the age at which a person is first capable of sexual reproduction.
  • adj. Who is not yet capable of sexual reproduction. Immature.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Prior to the occurrence of puberty.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (especially of human beings) at the age immediately before puberty; often marked by accelerated growth


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pre- +‎ pubescent


  • A few examples: I was pretty stoked when Ugly Betty‘s Henry and Betty separated — a zit-plagued prepubescent is less awkward than that relationship — and didn’t really bat an eyelash when Jack and Kate ended their relationship on Lost.

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  • These operations were done in prepubescent children before bones and muscles had a chance to finally develop.

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  • Actually, it was when you used the word prepubescent that I started getting upset.

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  • Green has concluded that an inclination toward gender-atypical play in prepubescent boys — for example, dressing in women's clothes, playing with dolls, or taking the role of the mother when playing house — indicates a homosexual orientation 75 percent of the time.

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  • I couldn’t make out most of what he was saying, but I thought I caught the word prepubescent.

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  • This finding is likely to prove controversial, in part because the report employs a definition of "prepubescent" children as those ages 10 and under.

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  • As any parent can tell you, a child may no longer be "prepubescent" at 12 or 13, but he or she is still completely a child.


  • As we gaze upon photos of Thylane Loubry Blondeau, the prepubescent sex pot and new darling of the fashion world, it seems positively quaint that we were so worked up years ago when nothing came between a teenage Brooke Shields and her Calvins.

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  • Of course, an army of prepubescent Donald Trumps is not necessarily the optimal outcome.

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  • Throughout music history, there have been many duos who have broken out larger than your next door neighbor's prepubescent kid.

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