legal age
legal age n: an age at which a person becomes entitled under the law to engage in a particular activity or becomes responsible for particular acts
the legal age for drinking in this state; broadly: age of majority compare age of consent, emancipate

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

legal age
index majority (adulthood)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


legal age
n.
The age at which a person can enter into contracts and conduct business on his or her own behalf, or the age at which a person can marry; majority.

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


legal age
The age of legal majority, at which a person becomes responsible for his or her own actions. In almost all states the basic legal age is 18. State laws vary as to legal age for drinking or buying alcoholic beverages, marriage with or without parental consent, driving, prosecution for crimes, the right to choose an abortion, and liability for damages.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


legal age
The time of life at which a person acquires full capacity to make his or her own contracts and deeds and to transact business or to enter into some particular contract or relation, such as marriage.

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


legal age
The time of life at which a person acquires full capacity to make his or her own contracts and deeds and to transact business or to enter into some particular contract or relation, such as marriage.

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

legal age
n.
   the age at which a person is responsible for his/her own actions (including the capacity to enter into a contract which is enforceable by the other party), for damages for negligence or intentional wrongs without a parent being liable and for punishment as an adult for a crime. In almost all states the basic legal age is 18, which is the universal American voting age under the 26th Amendment to the Constitution, ratified in 1971. The national legal age for drinking or buying alcoholic beverages is 21. Marriage with or without parental consent, driving, prosecution for crimes, the right to choose an abortion and liability for damages vary from state to state.
   See also: infancy, juvenile court, minority

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • legal\ age — • legal age • lawful age the age at which a person is allowed to do a certain thing or is held responsible for an action. In most states the legal age for voting is 27. He could not get a driver s license because he was not of lawful age …   Словарь американских идиом

  • legal age — n. the age at which a person acquires full legal rights and responsibilities; majority …   English World dictionary

  • legal age — Lawful Law ful, a. 1. Conformable to law; allowed by law; legitimate; competent. [1913 Webster] 2. Constituted or authorized by law; rightful; as, the lawful owner of lands. [1913 Webster] {Lawful age}, the age when the law recognizes one s right …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • legal age — or[lawful age] The age at which a person is allowed to do a certain thing or is held responsible for an action. * /In most states the legal age for voting is 27./ * /He could not get a driver s license because he was not of lawful age./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • legal age — or[lawful age] The age at which a person is allowed to do a certain thing or is held responsible for an action. * /In most states the legal age for voting is 27./ * /He could not get a driver s license because he was not of lawful age./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • legal age — le·gal age lē gəl n the age at which a person enters into full adult legal rights and responsibilities (as of making contracts or wills) …   Medical dictionary

  • legal age — The age of majority, that is, the age, usually fixed by law at 21 years, at 18 years for females in some jurisdictions, at which an infant acquires the capacity to bind himself by contract, make conveyances and transfers of property, and conduct… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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  • legal age — noun Date: 1762 the age at which a person enters into full adult legal rights and responsibilities (as of making contracts or wills) …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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