age of majority
age of majority: the age at which a person is granted by law the rights (as ability to sue) and responsibilities (as liability under contract) of an adult compare emancipate
◇ At common law, the age of majority was 21. 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 majority.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

age of majority
index majority (adulthood)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


age of majority
n.
The age at which a person becomes a legal adult, responsible for his or her own actions, and able to enter into contracts and vote.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


age of majority

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


age of majority
Adulthood in the eyes of the law. After reaching the age of majority, a person is permitted to vote, make a valid will, enter into binding contracts, enlist in the armed forces, and purchase alcohol. Also, parents may stop making child support payments when a child reaches the age of majority. In most states the age of majority is 18, but this varies depending on the activity. For example, in some states people are allowed to vote when they reach the age of 18, but can't purchase alcohol until they're 21.
Category: Divorce & Family Law
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


age of majority
The age at which a person, formerly a minor or an infant, is recognized by law to be an adult, capable of managing his or her own affairs and responsible for any legal obligations created by his or her actions.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


age of majority
The age at which a person, formerly a minor or an infant, is recognized by law to be an adult, capable of managing his or her own affairs and responsible for any legal obligations created by his or her actions.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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  • age of majority — The age, usually twenty one, at which the disability of infancy terminates. 27 Am J1st Inf § 5 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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