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adulthood

Definition of adulthood

Etymology

Noun

adulthood (usually uncountable; plural adulthoods)

  1. The time of life when one is expected to take responsibility for one's own actions and well-being.

    The boy entered adulthood by undergoing a rite of passage.

Further reading

An adult is a human being or living organism that is of relatively mature age, typically associated with sexual maturity and the attainment of reproductive age. In human context, the term has other subordinate meanings associated with social and legal concepts; for example, a legal adult is a legal concept for a person who has attained the age of majority and is therefore regarded as independent, self-sufficient, and responsible (contrast with "minor"). Adulthood can be defined in terms of physiology, psychological adult development, law, personal character, or social status.

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