November 11, 2015
The word "juvenile" can be used as an adjective or as a noun when describing a person who is a child or a teenager--anyone who is under the age of 18. This word is commonly used in formal settings such as a hospital or a court of law:
- The police arrested two female juveniles who were caught breaking into a store.
- They were placed in juvenile detention.
- Children under the age of eighteen are usually tried in a juvenile court.
- The doctor operated on a juvenile patient.
- Juvenile diabetes is a serious problem in the United States.
Sometimes the word "juvenile" is used to describe childish behavior for children and adults:
- That's so juvenile!
- There's way too much inappropriate and juvenile behavior in that office.
- Our class has a lot of juvenile delinquents in it.
- Her juvenile attitude is what gets her into trouble.
He won't go to jail for this because he's a juvenile.
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