One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of a child) having nearly reached adolescence.‘preadolescent girls’
- ‘The qualities aimed for are those prized by pre-adolescent children: noise, distraction, and nervous excitement.’
- ‘Because his or her body is not ready yet, do not encourage your pre-adolescent child to participate in adult-style physical activity such as long jogs, using an exercise bike or treadmill, or lifting heavy weights.’
- ‘For having fought enemy armies, they were apparently helpless in the face of five pre-adolescent girls.’
- ‘It really was an pre-adolescent boy's world for a while.’
- ‘It homogenises things around the key demographic of the show (adolescent and pre-adolescent kids, particularly girls) to an unfortunate degree - but hey - this is commercial TV.’
- 1.1 Relating to the two or three years preceding adolescence.‘Mozart's preadolescent sonatas’
A preadolescent child.
- ‘When the war ends, the city is left with gangs of pre-adolescents armed to the teeth, who have neither qualms about murder nor basic reading and writing skills.’
- ‘Furthermore, the duration of the vaccine's effectiveness is not known, which means these pre-adolescents may end up needing boosters before they go off to college - when they'll be at a higher risk of catching the disease.’
- ‘It was hilarious nightmare fodder on a grand scale, the kind of misguided kiddy show that startled more pre-adolescents than it satisfied.’
- ‘Still other camps serve pre-adolescents who, bubbling and tripping along with enthusiasm and zeal, are clamoring to figure out the concept of ‘us.’’
- ‘She reveals, albeit incidentally, what makes ballroom practice so universal for these pre-adolescents: each wants to fit in and each has a keen desire to understand the adult world.’
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