n. state of growing up from childhood to manhood or womanhood; transitional period between youth and maturity
The big issue in adolescence is that all kids strive for independence.
Sentence in Classic:
After a wild youth, he had retired into a convent, there to expiate, at least for some time, the follies of adolescence.
THE THREE MUSKETEERS By Alexandre Dumas Context
She had been supposed to have rather a good figure, but now she was out of fashion: a little too female, not enough like an adolescent boy.
Lady Chatterley's Lover By D H Lawrence Context