Definitions for: Juvenile


[n] a youthful person
[adj] displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity; "adolescent insecurity"; "jejune responses to our problems"; "their behavior was juvenile"; "puerile jokes"
[adj] of or relating to or characteristic of or appropriate for children; "juvenile diabetes"; "juvenile fashions"



Webster (1913) Definition: Ju"ve*nile (?; 277), a. [L. juvenilis, from juvenis
young; akin to E. young: cf. F. juv['e]nile, juv['e]nil. See
Young.]
1. Young; youthful; as, a juvenile appearance. ``A juvenile
exercitation.'' --Glanvill.

2. Of or pertaining to youth; as, juvenile sports.

Syn: Puerile; boyish; childish. See Youthful.


Ju"ve*nile, n.
A young person or youth; -- used sportively or familiarly.
--C. Bront['e].

Synonyms: adolescent, immature, jejune, juvenile person, puerile

Antonyms: adult, grownup

See Also: adolescent, child, fry, human, individual, ingenue, juvenile body, kid, minor, mortal, nestling, nipper, person, preteen, preteenager, shaver, small fry, somebody, someone, soul, spring chicken, stripling, teenager, tiddler, tike, tyke, young person, youngster, younker, youth




Famous Quotes Containing Juvenile:


Experts say that if children can't read by the end of the fifth grade, they lose self-confidence and self-esteem, making them more likely to enter the juvenile justice system.

-- Dirk Kempthorne (American Politician)

Using adult stem cells drawn from bone marrow and umbilical cord blood system cells, scientists have discovered new treatments for scores of diseases and conditions such as Parkinson's disease, juvenile diabetes, and spinal cord injuries.

-- Nathan Deal (American Politician)

Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition.

-- Isaac Asimov (American Scientist)

Once a week we go to juvenile hall and talk to boys there. Just go and spend a day in the juvenile courts.

-- Lisa Bonet (American Actress)

When we first met, I was trying to put a band together. I asked around at school for other guys who wanted to play in a band. Someone told me about a juvenile delinquent they knew who played bongos.

-- Wayne Kramer ( -)

I set about seeking a thread, a theme, a style, in the realm of legend. Something that might allow me to give free rein to my juvenile sense of romanticism and the beautiful image.

-- Leni Riefenstahl (German Director)

Typically diagnosed during childhood and adolescent years, juvenile diabetes, also referred to as Type I diabetes, currently affects more than 3 million Americans and more then 13,000 children are diagnosed each year.

-- Elijah Cummings (American Politician)

It would have been nice for Greg to eventually grow into a mature relationship with Laura. He was moving toward that already but then took a turn into the juvenile with Paige.

-- William Devane (American Actor)

When the students are occupied, they're not juvenile delinquents. I believe that education is a capital investment.

-- Arlen Specter (American Politician)

We have treated our most serious adversaries, such as Iran and North Korea, in the most juvenile manner - by giving them the silent treatment. In so doing, we have weakened, not strengthened, our bargaining position and our leadership.

-- Theodore C. Sorensen (American Lawyer)

I've been speaking at churches for years, as well as juvenile jails, rehabs and hospitals, and I always talk about my faith. That is a declaration of my relationship with God.

-- Smokey Robinson (American Musician)

The juvenile sea squirt wanders through the sea searching for a suitable rock or hunk of coral to cling to and make its home for life. For this task, it has a rudimentary nervous system. When it finds its spot and takes root, it doesn't need its brain anymore so it eats it!

-- Daniel Dennett (American Philosopher)

At home I've got a very puerile, juvenile sense of humour.

-- Thom Yorke (English Musician)

Giving a 10-year mandatory minimum for a second offense fist fight is not going to reduce the chance that someone will be stabbed 16 times when you are not funding any of the programs that are desperately needed to actually reduce juvenile crime.

-- Bobby Scott (American Politician)

But cord blood also holds the great potential of producing pleural potential cells that could cure many other diseases such as juvenile diabetes, a disease that I live with every day.

-- Dan Lipinski (American Politician)

I never found even in my juvenile hours that it was necessary to go a thousand miles in search of themes for moralizing.

-- Horace Walpole (English Author)

The one thing that's closest to my story is the thing about trying out for the juvenile delinquent role and getting it. That was the start of my acting career... which I've resumed, by the way.

-- Paul Mazursky (American Actor)

The same stimulus that animates men to action, will have a proportionate effect on juvenile minds.

-- Joseph Lancaster (English Educator)

The most money we have ever been able to get appropriated for the juvenile justice bills was $55 million a year, about one-tenth of what was necessary.

-- Bobby Scott (American Politician)

If you do one good thing, that doesn't define you either. Being around the kids in the juvenile center, they were engaging, they made us laugh but they were there for doing something terrible.

-- Ryan Gosling (Canadian Actor)


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