legal age


Definition of legal age 

: the age at which a person enters into full adult legal rights and responsibilities (as of making contracts or wills)

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Although some of the scholarships are limited to students 18 and older — the nation’s legal age to buy vaping products — many are open to younger teens or have no age limit. NBC News, "Vaping essays: e-cigarette sellers offering scholarships," 8 June 2018 But selecting 21 as the legal age for T-21 is not arbitrary, Hendricks said. Jennifer Conn, Akron Reporter,, "Akron City Council hears health experts as it mulls raising the legal age to buy tobacco to 21," 20 Mar. 2018 No charges were filed against Molina because in Texas, the legal age for consent is 17. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "Teen was performing sex act on 54-year-old before cutting his throat from ear to ear, Texas cops say," 5 June 2018 The governor of Florida, Rick Scott, signed a bill that raises the state’s legal age for all gun purchases from 18 to 21 and introduces a three-day waiting period when buying a weapon. The Economist, "Politics this week," 15 Mar. 2018 Raising the legal age for buying rifles and shotguns garners support from 87 percent of Democrats, 70 percent of independents and 55 percent of Republicans. Emily Guskin, Washington Post, "Has Parkland changed Americans’ views on guns?," 20 Apr. 2018 Ash faces an additional disorderly conduct charge, Whitmore-Ash faces a charge of obstruction of law enforcement officers and Whitmore faces a charge of furnishing, purchasing and possession of alcoholic beverages by persons below legal age. Zachary Hansen, ajc, "VIDEO: Parents allegedly buy minors beer at Brookhaven theater, then lie to cops," 12 July 2018 The plan would also raise the legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21. George Stoia, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons add new Hooper for Summer League; is that you, dad?," 3 July 2018 Among other things, I-1639 would raise the legal age to buy a semi-automatic weapon to 21 and require enhanced background checks as well as training and waiting periods to obtain those weapons. Joseph O’sullivan, The Seattle Times, "Group says it has 360,000 signatures to put gun-safety measure on Washington’s November ballot," 2 July 2018

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1658, in the meaning defined above

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legal age

le·​gal age | \ˈlē-gəl- \

Medical Definition of legal age 

: the age at which a person enters into full adult legal rights and responsibilities (as of making contracts or wills)

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Legal Definition of legal age 

: 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

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