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 In states where pot use is legal, 21 is the legal age to use it. Amy Dickinson, Star Tribune, 26 May 2021 The resolution also updated city code to match state law by setting the legal age to buy tobacco products at 21. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, 15 June 2021 After the Columbine massacre, pressure mounted to require background checks for each firearm purchase, to ban the import of high-capacity ammunition clips, and to raise the legal age of purchase from 18 to 21. Rebecca Coffey, Forbes, 28 June 2021 In states where pot use is legal, 21 is the legal age to use it. Amy Dickinson, Star Tribune, 26 May 2021 Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. states and Washington, D.C., of legal age of majority and have access to the internet and a valid email address. Vulture Editors, Vulture, 17 May 2021 In states where pot use is legal, 21 is the legal age to use it. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 27 May 2021 In 2017, Bloomington became the third city in Minnesota to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21 — a measure that became state law in 2020. Kim Hyatt, Star Tribune, 28 Apr. 2021 In fact, in many states, coroners need only be of legal age with no felony convictions to qualify for the job. The Editors, Scientific American, 23 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of legal age

1658, in the meaning defined above

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“Legal age.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legal%20age. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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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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