juvenile

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See also: juvénile

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A juvenile (noun sense 2) – a young Aka girl – from the Central African Republic

From Latin iuvenīlis (youthful; juvenile), from iuvenis (young; a youth) + -īlis (suffix forming adjectives indicating a relationship or a pertaining to). Iuvenis is ultimately derived from Proto-Indo-European *h₂yuh₁en- (young), from *h₂óyu (long life; lifetime) (from *h₂ey- (age; life)) + *h₁én (in).

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juvenile (comparative more juvenile, superlative most juvenile)

  1. Young; not fully developed.
  2. Characteristic of youth or immaturity; childish.

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Three 16-year-old male juveniles (sense 2)
American actress Maude Adams (1872–1953) playing the juvenile role (sense 5) of Peter Pan on Broadway
A kitten is a feline juvenile (sense 6)

juvenile (plural juveniles)

  1. A prepubescent child.
  2. A person younger than the age of majority; a minor.
  3. (criminal law) A person younger than the age of full criminal responsibility, such that the person either cannot be held criminally liable or is subject to less severe forms of punishment.
  4. (literature) A publication for young adult readers.
    • 1958, The Author and Journalist, volume 42–43, Denver, Colo.: H. Ellithrope, OCLC 8701031, page lxxxiv, column 1:
      Formerly a publisher of juveniles, out of the market till 1959, when it will enter adult fiction field.
  5. (theater) An actor playing a child's role.
  6. (zoology) A sexually immature animal.

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  • (person younger than age of majority): infant (dated), juvie (colloquial)

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juvenīle

  1. nominative neuter singular of juvenīlis
  2. accusative neuter singular of juvenīlis
  3. vocative neuter singular of juvenīlis