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ADOLESCENCE, persons. That age which follows puberty and precedes the age of majority; it commences for males at fourteen, and for females at twelve years completed, and continues till twenty-one years complete.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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(24.) Regressions using these data suggested that white adolesent girls who played on at lease one sports team are 20% less likely to engage in sexual intercourse, 50% less likely to have had a pregnancy, one-third less likely to smoke.