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A person who has not reached the age of majority, which varies from 15 to 25 depending on jurisdiction and situation. A minor has fewer legal rights and responsibilities than a legal adult. For example, a minor may not enter contracts or vote, and often has personal restrictions on tobacco or alcohol consumption and sexual activity.


A person who has not yet reached the age of majority required to enter into binding contracts.

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They have to be admitted as members of the minority,' Roque said.
Can a minority community establish an educational institution to promote its mother tongue?
Lee said a partnership with city government could help entice more minority teachers to take jobs in Santa Clarita.
In recent elections we have seen partisan challenges targeting African-American and Latino voters and widespread dissemination in minority neighborhoods of disinformation flyers on or before Election Day.
In departing from the Court's past decisions regarding indecency, the majority effectively replaced the community standard of tolerance test with one based on harm, an innovation for which the minority could find no support in case law.
This intellectual entrepreneurship seems to resonate with minority and first-generation students, facilitating exploration and innovation.
Although a person's race is usually more apparent than his or her sexual orientation or transgender status, the negotiation of privacy and release of information about sexual minority identity similarly require that individuals continuously interpret their interactions.
Ferguson (2003) noted that the provision concerning school-family-community partnerships is being overlooked; yet, such partnerships hold the key to meeting the overarching goal of NCLB, that of reducing the achievement gap between White and poor and minority students in public schools.
The groups have issued several studies of university admissions procedures and minority programs that spurred lawsuits against schools nationwide, including the well-publicized case against the law school at the University of Michigan.
There is virtually no reference to the large body of minority literature that has been critical of majority privilege and oppressive social practices, nor is there mention of how virulently many racial minorities have resisted the idea that one should accept majority membership rather than critique those ideologies and practices upon which such membership is based.
Additionally, the National Minority Supplier Development Council, an independent certifying organization based in New York City, says that in 2001, $63 billion worth of contracts from private companies went to the 15,000 minority-owned companies that it certified.

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