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  • wayward child — noun or wayward minor : a child having a status arbitrarily defined by statute in some states, usually being under a stated age, habitually associating with vicious or immoral persons, or growing up in circumstances likely to cause him to commit… …   Useful english dictionary

  • child — n. 1) to adopt; bear, give birth to, have a child (she had four children) 2) to carry a child (a mother carries a child for nine months) 3) to beget; conceive a child 4) to bring up, raise, rear a child 5) to feed; nurse; wean a child 6) to… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • wayward — way|ward [ weıwərd ] adjective 1. ) a wayward child or someone with wayward behavior is difficult to control and does unexpected things 2. ) not organized or controlled in the right way: wayward thoughts …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • wayward — UK [ˈweɪwə(r)d] / US [ˈweɪwərd] adjective 1) a wayward child or someone with wayward behaviour is difficult to control and does unexpected things 2) not organized or controlled in the right way wayward thoughts …   English dictionary

  • wayward — adjective Etymology: Middle English, short for awayward turned away, from away, adverb + ward Date: 14th century 1. following one s own capricious, wanton, or depraved inclinations ; ungovernable < a wayward child > 2. following no clear… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • wayward — adjective a wayward child Syn: willful, headstrong, stubborn, obstinate, obdurate, perverse, contrary, disobedient, insubordinate, undisciplined; rebellious, defiant, uncooperative, recalcitrant, unruly, wild, unmanageable, erratic; …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • wayward minor — noun see wayward child …   Useful english dictionary

  • Child savers — The child saving movement emerged in the United States during the nineteenth century and influenced the development of the juvenile justice system. Child savers stressed the value of redemption and prevention through early identification of… …   Wikipedia

  • child — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ little, small, young ▪ My father died while I was still a small child. ▪ newborn ▪ teenage ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • wayward — adj. Wayward is used with these nouns: ↑child, ↑genius, ↑shot …   Collocations dictionary

  • stubborn child — noun : a minor (as in the state of Massachusetts) who refuses to submit to the lawful commands of parent or guardian and may be punished by six months imprisonment or by a fine compare wayward child …   Useful english dictionary

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