1. Of, relating to, or undergoing adolescence.
2. Characteristic of adolescence; immature: an adolescent sense of humor. See Synonyms at young.
A young person who has undergone puberty but who has not reached full maturity.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin adolēscēns, adolēscent-, present participle of adolēscere, to grow up : ad-, ad- + alēscere, to grow, inchoative of alere, to nourish; see al-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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