- Developing advancing from youth to readiness
- relating to or peculiar to or suggestive of an adolescent
- displaying or recommending too little readiness
- being associated with age 13 through 19
- in state of development between puberty and readiness
- a juvenile between your start of puberty and readiness
- Growing; advancing from childhood to readiness.
- A youth.
mid-15c., "youth, child," from Middle French adolescent (15c.) or right from Latin adolescentem (nominative adolescens) "growing, near maturity, youthful," present participle of adolescere "grow up, visited maturity, ripen," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + alescere "be nourished," hence, "increase, mature," inchoative of alere "to nourish" (see old). Adolesce ended up being a back-formed verb used early 20c. by H.G. Wells, G.B. Shaw, Louis MacNeice, nonetheless it seems to not have taken.
- 1785, from Latin adolescentem (nominative adolescens) "growing, near readiness, youthful," current participle of adolescere "grow up, visited maturity, ripen" (see adolescent (n.)).
- teenage [attr.]
(a.) Developing; advancing from childhood to readiness.
- (n.) A youth.
Here it develops into a larval, or rather an adolescent form.