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A person who has reached the age of majority. This age is usually 18, but may be 17 in criminal cases or 21 in other cases. An adult is legally permitted to enter a contract, do business, or conduct any other activity without permission or countersignature by a parent or guardian


One who has gained the age of majority, usually 18 or 21 depending on the state. Sometimes, younger people can take legal steps to remove the “disabilities of nonage,” after which they will be treated as legal adults even though under the requisite age. Only adults have the legal capacity to enter into contracts or sell property. Minors may own real estate, but, because of the inability to enter contracts, they cannot effectively manage it, obtain a mortgage, or sell the property. If such actions should prove necessary, the child's legal guardian will usually have to ask a court for permission for the proposed action.The court will then appoint a guardian ad litem to represent the child's interests, in case the guardian has a conflict of interest or clouded judgment.

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However, McInnis-Dittrich (2002) points out that life partners are important to gay and lesbian older adults and they play an equally important and valuable role in their lives.
3) Readiness to learn: Adults become ready to learn things that they need to know or be able to do to fulfill their role in society.
Given that adolescent communication is replete with words, phrases, and even delivery styles often having different and even opposite connotations to adults, it is possible that the adults may have perceived students' verbal behaviors as more hostile and aggressive than did the students.
Scope - Annualized market data for the adult and adolescent vaccines market from 2007 to 2011, forecast forward to 2018 - Analysis of the adult and adolescent vaccines market in the leading geographies of the world, which includes the US, the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and Japan - Market characterization of the adult and adolescent vaccines market including market size and cost of vaccination - Key drivers and barriers that have a significant impact on the market - Coverage of pipeline molecules in various phases of vaccine development - Competitive benchmarking of leading companies.
and the second concern is they're doing that at the expense of the people we're educating now -- the adults,'' said Michael Novick, a teacher at the Abram Friedman Occupational Center in downtown L.
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Other examples in the reproductive area include developmental exposures of the monkey to androgens that lead to polycystic ovary syndrome-like effects in the adult, data (still considered controversial) showing that environmental estrogens, such as DES, methoxychlor and bisphenol A, cause alterations in gene expression in the rat prostate that are irreversible and are correlated with increased prostate cancer, and data showing a link between in utero exposure to dioxin and endometriosis later in life in primates and rodents.
The bottom line is that juveniles are often kept in administrative segregation in order to keep them away from adults to ensure that the jail is in compliance with the statute," he says.
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First, make sure your programs, and the faculty who teach them, are truly focused on and interested in adults and their needs.