age of discretion


Definition of age of discretion

: the age at which a person is considered by law to have sufficient knowledge to be held responsible for certain acts or competent to exercise certain powers

First Known Use of age of discretion

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of age of discretion was in the 14th century

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“Age of discretion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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