(the) age of discretion


(the) age of discretion
the age at which young people are considered able to deal with their own affairs, e.g. to own property, to make a contract with someone, or to make a will (= sign a document saying what will happen to their possessions when they die). The age of discretion in Britain is now 14. In the US it varies in different states.

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  • age of discretion — The age, usually fourteen, at which, under statute, a minor is entitled to choose, or at least be consulted in the selection of, a guardian. 25 Am J1st Guar § 28 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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  • age of discretion — noun the age at which someone is considered able to take responsibility for their actions or affairs …   English new terms dictionary

  • age of discretion — noun the age at which a person becomes legally responsible for certain acts and competent to exercise certain powers …   Australian English dictionary

  • discretion — dis·cre·tion /dis kre shən/ n: power of free decision or latitude of choice within certain bounds imposed by law reached the age of discretion struck down death penalty provisions administered through unbridled jury discretion L. H. Tribe: as a:… …   Law dictionary

  • Age — ([=a]j), n. [OF. aage, eage, F. [^a]ge, fr. L. aetas through a supposed LL. aetaticum. L. aetas is contracted fr. aevitas, fr. aevum lifetime, age; akin to E. aye ever. Cf. {Each}.] 1. The whole duration of a being, whether animal, vegetable, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Age of a tide — Age Age ([=a]j), n. [OF. aage, eage, F. [^a]ge, fr. L. aetas through a supposed LL. aetaticum. L. aetas is contracted fr. aevitas, fr. aevum lifetime, age; akin to E. aye ever. Cf. {Each}.] 1. The whole duration of a being, whether animal,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Age of reason (canon law) — The age of reason, also called the age of discretion, is the age at which children become capable of moral responsibility. On completion of the seventh year a minor is presumed to have the use of reason (canon 97 §2 of the Code of Canon Law), but …   Wikipedia

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