legal age

noun

Definition of legal age

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

Examples of legal age in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Green said Kelly was at the Expo in 2000, when Tracy would have been 17, the legal age of consent in Illinois. Althea Legaspi, Rolling Stone, 1 Sep. 2022 These include banning assault-style firearms such as the AR-15 style rifles used in Buffalo and Uvalde, or raising the legal age for buying them. Alan Fram, BostonGlobe.com, 12 June 2022 These include banning assault-style firearms such as the AR-15 style rifles used in Buffalo and Uvalde, or raising the legal age for buying them. Alan Fram, ajc, 12 June 2022 These include banning assault-style firearms such as the AR-15 style rifles used in Buffalo and Uvalde, or raising the legal age for buying them. Alan Fram, Chicago Tribune, 12 June 2022 These include banning assault-style firearms such as the AR-15 style rifles used in Buffalo and Uvalde, or raising the legal age for buying them. Alan Fram, Chron, 12 June 2022 And after every school shooting, federal firearm legislation, such as universal background checks or raising the legal age to buy a long-gun from 18 to 21, is proposed once again. Eric W. Fleegler, Scientific American, 2 June 2022 Advocates had luck raising the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21 by starting those efforts in cities and towns. Jenna Carlesso, Hartford Courant, 7 May 2022 And although gun homicides disproportionately affect people younger than 21, the law does not raise the legal age for buying semiautomatic weapons to 21, from 18. Sheryl Gay Stolberg, BostonGlobe.com, 26 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of legal age

1658, in the meaning defined above

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23 Sep 2022

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“Legal age.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legal%20age. Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for legal age

legal age

noun
le·​gal age | \ ˈlē-gəl- How to pronounce legal age (audio) \

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)

legal age

noun

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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