We treat it simply as a privation because we are measuring it by adulthood as a fixed standard.
Dreams of adulthood, dealing with the present or the future, indicate progression.
This is most inconsiderate, and naturally leads to a corresponding disrespect for adulthood on the part of the child.
It leads, too, in due time, to a lack of reverence for adulthood.
Oh, to be out of school, at the end of that first day of adulthood!
Reproductive-wise, there is no question as to adulthood; each of the four females was pregnant.
And the children have not been to blame for their dislike of law and their distrust of adulthood.
No one of these characters alone was accepted as proof of adulthood but only the three in combination.
Most kinds of mammals retain sutures throughout life or until the animals are well into adulthood.
The infancy of Serbhood and the adulthood of Albanianism clashed in the same region, the prelude to the tragedy of 1999.
adult 1530s (but not common until mid-17c.), from L. adultus "grown up," pp. of adolescere "grow up, mature" (see adolescent). As a euphemism for "pornographic," it dates to 1958 and does no honor to the word. The noun meaning "adult person" is from 1650s.