Noun Adolescence Definition and Examples







The period following the onset of puberty during which a young person develops from a child into an adult.
  1. 'during adolescence teenagers often experience violent mood swings'
  2. 'Young people who need ongoing specialist care beyond adolescence must transfer to adult services.'
  3. 'The apparent protective effect seemed to be greatest for sun exposure during childhood and early adolescence.'
  4. 'Her arrival in the city stimulates a series of memories of childhood and adolescence both in herself and other people.'
  5. 'The legendary sensitivity of adolescence is a kind of self-absorption.'
  6. 'This only develops, with brain maturation, during childhood and adolescence.'
  7. 'Several models or theories have placed adolescence in a period of human development from birth to death.'
  8. 'Teenage boys and women past adolescence also develop the condition, but this is less common.'
  9. 'Acne appears around the onset of puberty and runs a variable course till adolescence is over.'
  10. 'The rush of hormones associated with adolescence is why teenagers commonly suffer.'
  11. 'Puberty is the first phase of adolescence, the time when sexual maturity becomes evident.'
((n.) 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.)


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

2. the process or state of growing to maturity.

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


"There can be adolescence onwardses."
"There can be adolescence children."
"adolescences can be to adulthoods."
"adolescences can be as periods."
"adolescences can be with people."
"adolescences can be with longings."
"adolescences can be to observations."
"adolescences can be to maturities."
"adolescences can be to lives."
"adolescences can be to gifts."
"adolescences can be through experiences."
"poets can have adolescences."
"fulfilments can have adolescences."
"children can have adolescences."
"authors can have adolescences."
"adolescences can be in places."
"adolescences can be in parts."
"adolescences can be in old-bufferisms."
"adolescences can be in lifespans."
"adolescences can be in companies."

Late Middle English: from French, from Latin adolescentia, from adolescere ‘grow to maturity’ (see adolescent).

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