AskDefine | Define prepubescent

Dictionary Definition

prepubescent adj : (especially of human beings) at the age immediately before puberty; often marked by accelerated growth [syn: prepubertal]

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English

Adjective

prepubescent
  1. Before the age at which a person is first capable of sexual reproduction.
  2. Who is not yet capable of sexual reproduction. Immature.

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Extensive Definition

A child is most often defined as a young human being between birth and puberty; a boy or girl. The legal definition of "child" generally refers to a minor, otherwise known as a person younger than the age of majority. "Child" may also describe a relationship with a parent or authority figure, or signify group membership in a clan, tribe, or religion; or it can signify being strongly affected by a specific time, place, or circumstance, as in "a child of nature" or "a child of the Sixties."

UN definition

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child defines a child as "every human being below the age of 18 years unless under the law applicable to the child, majority is attained earlier"..

Biological definition

Biologically, a child is anyone in the developmental stage of childhood, between infancy and adulthood.

Attitudes toward children

Social attitudes toward children differ around the world, and these attitudes have changed over time. One study has found that children in the United States are coddled and overprotected. A 1988 study on European attitudes toward the centrality of children found that Italy was more child-centric and Holland less child-centric, with other countries (Austria, Great Britain, Ireland, and West Germany) falling in between.

Age of responsibility

The age at which children are considered responsible for their own actions has also changed over time, and this is reflected in the way they are treated in courts of law. In Roman times, children were regarded as not culpable for crimes, a position later adopted by the Church. In the nineteenth century, children younger than seven years old were believed incapable of crime. Children from the age of seven were considered responsible for their actions. Hence, they could face criminal charges, be sent to adult prisons, and be punished like adults by whipping, branding or hanging.

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prepubescent in Arabic: طفل
prepubescent in Guarani: Mitã
prepubescent in Min Nan: Gín-á
prepubescent in Bulgarian: Дете
prepubescent in Catalan: Nen
prepubescent in Czech: Dítě
prepubescent in Zhuang: Lwgnyez
prepubescent in Danish: Barn
prepubescent in German: Kind
prepubescent in Estonian: Laps
prepubescent in Modern Greek (1453-): Παιδί
prepubescent in Spanish: Niño
prepubescent in Esperanto: Infano
prepubescent in Persian: کودک
prepubescent in French: Enfant
prepubescent in Irish: Leanbh
prepubescent in Galician: Infancia
prepubescent in Korean: 어린이
prepubescent in Croatian: Djeca
prepubescent in Indonesian: Anak
prepubescent in Icelandic: Barn
prepubescent in Italian: Bambino
prepubescent in Hebrew: ילדות
prepubescent in Kurdish: Zarok
prepubescent in Lithuanian: Vaikas
prepubescent in Hungarian: Gyerek
prepubescent in Maltese: Tifel
prepubescent in Dutch: Kind
prepubescent in Dutch Low Saxon: Kiend
prepubescent in Japanese: 子供
prepubescent in Norwegian: Barn
prepubescent in Narom: Éfaunt
prepubescent in Polish: Dziecko
prepubescent in Portuguese: Criança
prepubescent in Kölsch: Panz
prepubescent in Quechua: Wawa
prepubescent in Russian: Ребёнок
prepubescent in Sicilian: Picciriddu
prepubescent in Simple English: Child
prepubescent in Slovenian: Otrok
prepubescent in Finnish: Lapsi
prepubescent in Swedish: Barn
prepubescent in Tagalog: Anak
prepubescent in Vietnamese: Trẻ em
prepubescent in Tajik: Кӯдак
prepubescent in Turkish: Çocuk
prepubescent in Ukrainian: Дитина
prepubescent in Wu Chinese: 细路
prepubescent in Yiddish: קינד
prepubescent in Contenese: 細路
prepubescent in Chinese: 儿童
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