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Definitions for juvenile
ˈdʒu və nl, -ˌnaɪlju·ve·nile

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. juvenile, juvenile personadjective

    a young person, not fully developed

  2. juvenileadjective

    of or relating to or characteristic of or appropriate for children or young people

    "juvenile diabetes"; "juvenile fashions"

  3. adolescent, jejune, juvenile, puerileadjective

    displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity

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


  1. Juvenileadjective

    Of or pertaining to youth; as, juvenile sports.3. Characteristic of children; immature; childish; puerile; infantile; as, a juvenile temper tantrum.

    Etymology: [L. juvenilis, from juvenis young; akin to E. young: cf. F. juvnile, juvnil. See Young.]


  1. juvenilenoun

    a prepubescent child

    Etymology: iuvenilis, from iuvenis

  2. juvenilenoun

    a person not legally of age, or who is younger than may be charged with an offence

    Etymology: iuvenilis, from iuvenis

  3. juvenilenoun

    an animal that is not sexually mature

    Etymology: iuvenilis, from iuvenis

  4. juvenilenoun

    an actor playing a child's role

    Etymology: iuvenilis, from iuvenis

  5. juvenileadjective

    young; not fully developed

    Etymology: iuvenilis, from iuvenis

  6. juvenileadjective

    characteristic of youth or immaturity; childish

    Etymology: iuvenilis, from iuvenis

Webster Dictionary

  1. Juvenileadjective

    young; youthful; as, a juvenile appearance

    Etymology: [L. juvenilis, from juvenis young; akin to E. young: cf. F. juvnile, juvnil. See Young.]

  2. Juvenileadjective

    of or pertaining to youth; as, juvenile sports

    Etymology: [L. juvenilis, from juvenis young; akin to E. young: cf. F. juvnile, juvnil. See Young.]

  3. Juvenilenoun

    a young person or youth; -- used sportively or familiarly

    Etymology: [L. juvenilis, from juvenis young; akin to E. young: cf. F. juvnile, juvnil. See Young.]


  1. Juvenile

    Terius Gray, better known by his stage name Juvenile, is an American rapper, He is also a former member of hip-hop group the Hot Boys. At the age of 19, he began recording raps, releasing his debut album Being Myself in 1995. He became popular when his 1999 single "Back That Thang Up" was released. In 2003, he returned to Cash Money to record Juve the Great, spawning the number-one hit "Slow Motion". Following this album he again left Cash Money, and in 2006 he was signed to Atlantic Records. He released Reality Check under that label. He released his eighth studio album, titled Cocky & Confident, on December 1, 2009. He released his ninth studio album, titled Beast Mode, on July 6, 2010.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Juvenile

    jōō′ve-nīl, or -nil, adj. young: pertaining or suited to youth: puerile.—n. a young person: a book written for such: an actor who plays youthful parts.—ns. Ju′venileness, Juvenil′ity. [Fr.,—L. juvenilisjuvenis, young.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of juvenile in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of juvenile in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of juvenile in a Sentence

  1. Arash Anoshiravani:

    From my clinical experience, I would say the vast majority of those who have mental health problems are coming in with them . . . it’s not something that occurs within the juvenile justice system.

  2. Freddie Gray:

    Whether we call them a thug, a law breaker, a juvenile delinquent, it really doesn't matter. What matters is how do we take back our streets. And that's what men have been doing, going around, talking to these young men where they, are in their face, and letting them know, you can't control this community. It is not yours. You can't burn it down. You can't force people out. You can't threaten people.

  3. Craig Downs:

    Oxybenzone is really toxic to the juvenile form of corals, and that's consistent with the dogma of toxicology that juveniles are usually a thousand times more sensitive to the toxic effects of a chemical than a parent.

  4. Chris Evans:

    Avengers: Age of Ultron, we answered in a juvenile and offensive way that rightfully angered some fans.

  5. Jeffrey Lichtman:

    With all the concern for racial and judicial equality for people of color over the past few years, somehow one segment of this population has been ignored : Black children charged and treated as adults in the criminal justice system, does anyone actually think that if Rashaun Weaver was raised as comfortably and with the privilege as the racial justice marchers from the Upper West Side that Rashaun Weaver would be sitting in a jail cell inside a violent' juvenile center' for almost two years, from age 14, rarely getting to see or even speak to Rashaun Weaver parents ?

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