Examples of usage:

  1. It has carried me far from my rather evident proposition that if we saw the " natural" so happily embodied about us- and in female maturity, or comparative maturity, scarce less than in female adolescence- this was because the artificial, or in other words the complicated, was so little there to threaten it. "A Small Boy and Others" by Henry James
  2. The Bushwoman, like the lowest female barbarians in our own societies, will often readily dispose of her infant son for a bottle of spirits or a little coin; and even among somewhat more mentally developed females, strong as is the affection of the average female for her new born offspring, the closeness of the relation between mother and child tends rapidly to shrink as time passes, so that by the time of adolescence is reached the relation between mother and son becomes little more than a remembrance of a close inter- union which once existed. "Woman and Labour" by Olive Schreiner
  3. When I was blossoming into adolescence, and with inexperienced hands sought to pluck the roses of life, climbed the loftiest peaks in order to be nearer to the sun, and at night dreamed of naught else but eagles and chaste maidens, then Don Quixote was to me a very unsatisfactory book, and if it chanced to fall in my way I involuntarily shoved it aside. "The Prose Writings of Heinrich Heine" by Heinrich Heine
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