What does adolescent mean?

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ˌæd lˈɛs əntado·les·cent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. adolescent, stripling, teenager, teenadjective

    a juvenile between the onset of puberty and maturity

  2. adolescentadjective

    relating to or peculiar to or suggestive of an adolescent

    "adolescent problems"

  3. adolescent, teen, teenage, teenagedadjective

    being of the age 13 through 19

    "teenage mothers"; "the teen years"

  4. adolescent, jejune, juvenile, puerileadjective

    displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity

    "adolescent insecurity"; "jejune responses to our problems"; "their behavior was juvenile"; "puerile jokes"

  5. adolescentadjective

    in the state of development between puberty and maturity

    "adolescent boys and girls"

Wiktionary

  1. adolescentnoun

    A teenager; a juvenile after puberty

    Etymology: First attested 1482, from adolescent, from adolescentem, accusative form of adolescens, present participle of adolescere, from ad- + alescere. The adjective first appeared in 1785.

  2. adolescentadjective

    Characteristic of, or relating to, or undergoing adolescence; immature.

    Etymology: First attested 1482, from adolescent, from adolescentem, accusative form of adolescens, present participle of adolescere, from ad- + alescere. The adjective first appeared in 1785.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Adolescentadjective

    growing; advancing from childhood to maturity

    Etymology: [L. adolescens, p. pr. of adolescere to grow up to; ad + the inchoative olescere to grow: cf. F. adolescent. See Adult.]

  2. Adolescentnoun

    a youth

    Etymology: [L. adolescens, p. pr. of adolescere to grow up to; ad + the inchoative olescere to grow: cf. F. adolescent. See Adult.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Adolescent

    ad-o-les′ent, adj. growing to manhood.—n. Adoles′cence, the period of youth, in man, from 14 to 25; in woman, from 12 to 21. [Through Fr. from L. adolescent-em, adolescĕre, to grow, adolēre, to magnify.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Adolescent

    A person 13 to 18 years of age.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of adolescent in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of adolescent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of adolescent in a Sentence

  1. George Steiner:

    The violent illiteracies of the graffiti, the clenched silence of the adolescent, the nonsense cries from the stage-happening, are resolutely strategic. The insurgent and the freak-out have broken off discourse with a cultural system which they despise as a cruel, antiquated fraud. They will not bandy words with it. Accept, even momentarily, the conventions of literate linguistic exchange, and you are caught in the net of the old values, of the grammars that can condescend or enslave.

  2. Daniel Siegel:

    You want to connect with your adolescent and find out what was actually going on— and then try to redirect them in a very supportive way. Saying what the moral thing to do is, but realizing because of their brain remodeling, it isn't just a matter of giving them some kind of punishment because that actually doesn't work. It's about communicating with them, and teaching them the skill of thinking through a problem.

  3. David Ross:

    In most deaths by road accident, the adolescent is a passive victim, in only a small proportion are they the driver.

  4. William Moss:

    Adherence to a daily drug regimen for a life-long, chronic disease is challenging in the best of settings, as children transition to adolescence and strive for greater independence, the role of a supportive adult in the home remains critical to maintaining high levels of adherence while at the same time allowing the adolescent to take more responsibility for their own health.

  5. Hillary Clinton:

    We need to show humanity with respect to people who are working, contributing right now, and deporting them, leaving their children alone or deporting an adolescent, doing anything that is so contrary to our core values, just makes no sense.

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2 Comments

  • brolivine
    The fourth definition of "adolescent" by the Chambers 20th Century Dictionary is incorrect. Adolescence occurs at the same period for both males and females. It is not different for each gender. Adolescence lasts from 13-19. People who are 20-25 are not adolescents. They are young adults/adults, though they can also be considered post-adolescents. 
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  • Oiza Elizabeth PcNwoha
    More guidance, close watch and rightful counsel is needed for our adolescent by our mothers and all adult in the home, environment and community, so as to have a peaceful and a salient community.
    LikeReplyReport 26 years ago

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