Definition of juvenile adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdʒuːvənaɪl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒuːvənl//
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  1. 1[only before noun] (formal or law) connected with young people who are not yet adults juvenile crime/employment juvenile offenders What can be done to help these juvenile delinquents turn away from crime? Wordfinderadolescent, age, elderly, generation, infant, juvenile, middle-aged, minor, teenage, young See related entries: Youth
  2. 2(disapproving) silly and more typical of a child than an adult synonym childish juvenile behaviour Don't be so juvenile!
  3. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from Latin juvenilis, from juvenis ‘young, a young person’.
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