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Age of majority

Definition of the noun Age of majority

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  1. [legal] The age at which the rights and privileges of an adult are legally granted.


  1. The age of majority is the threshold of adulthood as it is conceptualized in law. It is the chronological moment when minors cease to legally be considered children and assume control over their persons, actions, and decisions, thereby terminating the legal control and legal responsibilities of their parents or guardian over and for them. Most countries set majority at 18. The word majority here refers to having greater years and being of full age; it is opposed to minority, the state of being a minor. The law in a given jurisdiction may never actually use the term "age of majority" and the term thereby refers to a collection of laws bestowing the status of adulthood. The age of majority is a legally fixed age, concept, or statutory principle, which may differ depending on the jurisdiction, and may not necessarily correspond to actual mental or physical maturity of an individual.
    • also known as 成人年龄
  2. The Age of Majority in the Catholic Church is 18 following the general consensus of Civil law, though, until Advent 1983, the Age of Majority was 21, based on the Roman Law age.

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Google previewMerriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law (1996)

by Merriam-Webster, Inc

Age of majority is now set by statute, in most states at 18. The age at which a person may perform various acts, as legally drink alcoholic beverages, make a binding contract, or make a valid will, does not necessarily correspond with the age of ...

Google previewThe Greenwood Encyclopedia of Children's Issues Worldwide (2008)

by Irving Epstein

Age of Majority In Paraguay, the legal definition of adulthood has seen changes that parallel the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Adolescence (2014)

by Roger J.R. Levesque

In this regard, some legal concepts are important to distinguish: age of consent, age of majority, and age of license as well as general exceptions to them. Although these ways to mark the end of adolescence are often related, they help ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Law (2015)

by Jonathan Law

The age of majority was originally 21 years, but was reduced to 18 ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Americana : a popular dictionary of arts, sciences, literature, history, politics, and biography, brought down to the present time (1836)

for the child, though to many purposes under the dominion of the father until the age of majority, is not absolutely so ; on the contrary, the law recognises the existence of the child, and extends protection to it, not only from the time of the birth, ...

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