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ADULT

A person who has reached the age of maturity. In ecclesiastical terms the age varies; e.g., sixteen years is adult for men and fourteen for women to marry. But adult baptism means that one has reached the age of reason. A person is a canonical minor (Canon 88) until the completion of the twenty-first year.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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