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The term “minor” is used to refer to a person who is under the age at which one legally assumes adulthood and is legally granted rights afforded to adults in society. Depending on the jurisdiction and application, this age may vary, but is usually marked at either 14, 16, 18, 20, or 21. The status of minority is ends at the age of majority. The most common age of majority is age 18.

It is important to note that not all minors are considered “juveniles” in terms of criminal responsibility. As is frequently the case in the United States, these laws vary widely by state. The age of majority may not necessarily correspond to actual mental or physical maturity of an individual.

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