Definitions for adolescenceˌæd lˈɛs əns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ad•o•les•cenceˌæd lˈɛs əns(n.)

  1. the transitional period between puberty and adulthood in human development, terminating legally when the age of majority is reached; youth.

    Category: Developmental Biology

  2. the process or state of growing to maturity.

    Category: Developmental Biology

  3. a period or stage of development, as of a society, preceding maturity.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of adolescence:

1400–50; late ME < MF < L

Princeton's WordNet

  1. adolescence(noun)

    the time period between the beginning of puberty and adulthood

  2. adolescence(noun)

    in the state that someone is in between puberty and adulthood

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. adolescence(noun)ˌæd lˈɛs əns

    the years between the ages of 12 and 18

    early adolescence

Wiktionary

  1. adolescence(Noun)

    The transitional period of physical and psychological development between childhood and maturity.

    During adolescence, the body and mind go through many complex changes, some of which are difficult to deal with.

  2. Origin: From adolescence, from adolescence, from adolescentia, from adolescens; see adolescent.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Adolescence(noun)

    the state of growing up from childhood to manhood or womanhood; youth, or the period of life between puberty and maturity, generally considered to be, in the male sex, from fourteen to twenty-one. Sometimes used with reference to the lower animals

Freebase

  1. Adolescence

    Adolescence is a transitional stage of physical and psychological human development generally occurring during the period from puberty to legal adulthood. The period of adolescence is most closely associated with the teenage years, though its physical, psychological and cultural expressions can begin earlier and end later. For example, although puberty has been historically associated with the onset of adolescent development, it now typically begins prior to the teenage years and there has been a normative shift of it occurring in preadolescence, particularly in females. Physical growth, as distinct from puberty, and cognitive development generally seen in adolescence, can also extend into the early twenties. Thus chronological age provides only a rough marker of adolescence, and scholars have found it difficult to agree upon a precise definition of adolescence. A thorough understanding of adolescence in society depends on information from various perspectives, most importantly from the areas of psychology, biology, history, sociology, education, and anthropology. Within all of these perspectives, adolescence is viewed as a transitional period between childhood and adulthood, whose cultural purpose is the preparation of children for adult roles. It is a period of multiple transitions involving education, training, employment and unemployment, as well as transitions from one living circumstance to another.


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