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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.

juvenile He won't go to jail for this because he's a juvenile.

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November 11, 2015







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