juvenile Definition

  • 1relating to young people who are not yet adults
  • 2immature or childish

Using juvenile: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "juvenile" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The juvenile justice system is designed for offenders under the age of 18.

  • Example

    She has a juvenile sense of humor.

  • Example

    The book is written in a juvenile style.

juvenile Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for juvenile

Phrases with juvenile

  • juvenile delinquent

    a young person who repeatedly commits crimes


    He was sent to a juvenile detention center for his involvement in the robbery.

  • juvenile court

    a court that deals with cases involving minors


    The case was heard in juvenile court because the defendant was only 16 years old.

  • books written for children and young adults


    The Harry Potter series is a popular example of juvenile fiction.

Origins of juvenile

from Latin 'juvenilis', meaning 'young'


Summary: juvenile in Brief

The term 'juvenile' [ˈdʒuːvənaɪl] refers to young people who are not yet adults, as well as immature or childish behavior. It can be used to describe the juvenile justice system, juvenile delinquents, or juvenile fiction. Examples include 'The book is written in a juvenile style.' and 'She has a juvenile sense of humor.'

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