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Definition of "adolescence" []

  • The period of physical and psychological development from the onset of puberty to maturity. (noun)
  • A transitional period of development between youth and maturity: the adolescence of a nation. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "adolescence" in a sentence
  • "I have a theory that what we call adolescence, in terms of behavioural peculiarities and possibly cognitive difficulties are a product of a very soft, modern, Western society, rather than a definite stage of human development."
  • "A young girl (Kendell Moorehead) moves from Chicago to the outskirts of Atlanta, provoking all the neccessary angst and anxiety of being uprooted during adolescence from the place she's grown up."
  • "Apparently, adolescence is awkward for humans and birds alike."