Duhaime's Law Dictionary


Adult Definition:

An individual who has reached, or is over the age of majority.

Related Terms: Child, Young Offender, Minor, Age of Majority, Adult Child

The antonym of a minor or a child.

In Re JYCS, judge Goss of the Alberta Provincial Court used these words:

"I find that the use of the word adult in the Act to mean a person, further qualified as having attained the age of majority ...."

Many jurisdictions have age of majority or interpretation statutes which define the term adult as a person who has reached or surpassed the age of majority.

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