A person between the ages 18 to mid-to-late twenties who is in the life stage of finding where they fit in life. These people are in the process of getting secondary education, graduating, finding jobs, keeping jobs, building careers, getting fucked by student loans, and learning about relationships. This age group usually realizes they have commitment issues and make up for their lack of emotional detachment through casual sex with many partners. They also struggle with making adult decisions on the daily during the week while also being tempted and usually giving in to heavy drinking, wild parties, spending way too much money, not giving two fucks, and a YOLO attitude on the weekend and some week days; only to wake up on Monday morning full of regret and questioning their life decisions, maturity, and who they really are. This mental confusion leads to the need for a quick fix stress-relief, hence casual sex, which in turn worsens the emotional detachment and causes the roller coaster of young adulthood to rear its ugly head to make them feel like they are getting nowhere in life.
Young adults don't know their heads from their buttholes.
by dansgo March 30, 2017
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a person within the ages of eighteen to somewhere in their mid- to-late-twenties when they are considered "more mature" they are often students or young people living on their own or with a flatmate, often thinking adult life is easy. They may see this as the best time of their life
Hey let's go outt drinking at a club! We can now that we're Young Adults!
by PrincessRainbowsmiley1997 February 08, 2011
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a. The age group rivaling teenagers for being on the receiving end of the most ageism.
b. An age group often forced to go back to their parents after finishing college because try as they might, it is impossible to secure even a so-called entry-level job.
c. The age group most targeted by cops after teenagers with accusations of criminal activity.

d. The age group most royally screwed over by economy. Most graduates in this age group either have no job at all or are highly overqualified for their job/are underemployed.
e. The age group that is slowly coming to the realization that they will have to decide between attending school until their thirties and sitting at their parent's house.
f. A highly disillusioned age group that has learned the harsh fact that they will NOT have a lot of money or success, nor will they own a house or brand new car.

g. The age group frequently accused of having a strong sense of entitlement by anyone over 35.
40-something: That 26-year-old kid needs to lose the sense of entitlement and start acting like a young adult!

20-something: People need to start remembering the ADULT part of young adult! I'm not in high school anymore!
by SpeedyHobbit June 25, 2011
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A genre of (primarily) novels, movies, and tv shows that often focuses on the perspective of a young teen protagonist who is a goody two-shoes mary sue messianic type of character who lives in a dystopian setting and for some reason he/she is the leader of a rebellion against a totalitarian government or uncovers a government conspiracy and seeks out to liberate the people of his/her dystopian nation. Often this is a cheap way of writing a story because the intended audience are tween age kids, teenagers, and even college students because people of these age groups are easily impressed with narrow story telling and narratives that play with their sense of grandiosity.

It becomes worse with another form of Young Adult Fiction that focuses on romantic angst and (even worse) romantic angst with fantasy monsters like vampires, zombies (ehhh necrophilia!), and werewolves (that's for furries). Many of these romantic YA novels tend to focus on bland and 1 dimensional characters with extremely bizarre scenarios of drama or teen angst that are supposedly "relatable" but are really far fetched from being relatable to a irl person. Once again tween and teenage female readers tend to read this stuff because it somehow relates to their trivial problems when in reality they don't at all.
Examples of Young Adult Fiction in the science fiction dystopian setting:
The Hunger Games, Divergent, Ender's Game, Maze Runner.
Examples of Young Adult Fiction with romantic drama or romantic drama with halloween monsters:
Twilight, Paper Towns, Fault of Our Stars, Warm Bodies, A Hunger Like No Other, and lastly, Fifty Shades of Gray.
by Deadmojo September 02, 2018
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