AskDefine | Define youthfulness

The Collaborative Dictionary

Youthful \Youth"ful\, a.
Not yet mature or aged; young. "Two youthful knights." --Dryden. Also used figuratively. "The youthful season of the year." --Shak. [1913 Webster]
Of or pertaining to the early part of life; suitable to early life; as, youthful days; youthful sports. "Warm, youthful blood." --Shak. "Youthful thoughts." --Milton. [1913 Webster]
Fresh; vigorous, as in youth. [1913 Webster] After millions of millions of ages . . . still youthful and flourishing. --Bentley. [1913 Webster] Syn: Puerile; juvenile. Usage: Youthful, Puerile, Juvenile. Puerile is always used in a bad sense, or at least in the sense of what is suitable to a boy only; as, puerile objections, puerile amusements, etc. Juvenile is sometimes taken in a bad sense, as when speaking of youth in contrast with manhood; as, juvenile tricks; a juvenile performance. Youthful is commonly employed in a good sense; as, youthful aspirations; or at least by way of extenuating; as, youthful indiscretions. "Some men, imagining themselves possessed with a divine fury, often fall into toys and trifles, which are only puerilities." --Dryden. "Raw, juvenile writers imagine that, by pouring forth figures often, they render their compositions warm and animated." --Blair. [1913 Webster] -- Youth"ful*ly, adv. -- Youth"ful*ness, n. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

youthfulness n : the freshness and vitality characteristic of a young person [syn: youth, juvenility]

English

Noun

  1. the vitality characteristic of youth
In evolutionary psychology, youthfulness, characterized by such factors as vigor, flexibility, bounciness, smooth body surfaces, babyfaceness, etc., is one of a number of traits, including averageness and symmetry, associated with health, physical attractiveness and beauty of a person or animal. It is also hypothesized as a factor in both interpersonal attraction and interpersonal chemistry.
In short, the one factor that has universal appeal is youthfulness. Youthfulness generally is associated with fertility. Men and women, however, have different fertility curves; subsequently, men and women age differently. Men, in some cases can continue to reproduce into their 70s, whereas for women, it is generally difficult to conceive past age 45. Outward physical appearance tends to exemplify inner fertility levels. In the early 20s, for example, the female breasts have become fully swollen, but have not yet begun to sag. Similarly, the age of maximum fecundity for the female, i.e. the age at which she is most likely to be successful at bringing her fetus to term is age 22.
In terms of mate trait desireabilities, aside from such common wants such as sincerity and faithfulness, "youthfulness" tops the list for men, whereas with women "economic capacity" is the highest rated.

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