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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: juvenilis, from juvenis 'young person'

juvenile

adjective
     
Related topics: Law
ju‧ve‧nile
1 [only before noun] lawSCL relating to young people who are not yet adults:
juvenile crime
a juvenile court
2 silly and typical of a child rather than an adult - used to show disapproval [= childish]:
a very juvenile sense of humour
3 technical juvenile birds or animals are young
juvenile noun [countable]

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