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Sex Lexis Dictionary Term: Adult

Sex Lexis Entry

1. A man or woman who is fully grown up; a mature person.

In his humorous dictionary published as The Penthouse Sexicon (1968), Frederic Mullally defines:

    — Adult: ‘Person who is supposed to know what he or she is doing.’

    — Adulterer: ‘Person who does it.’

    — Adultery: ‘It.’

2. One who has reached the age-of-majority or legal age, now generally 18 years. 

3. A fully developed organism, animal or plant.

4. Grown up; fully developed and mature; mature in age, size, strength, etc.

5. Of or for adult persons only; intended for and restricted to adults. Adult bookstore.

6. Containing sexually-explicit material; dealing with an explicitly sexual material; pornographic. Adult movies.

Wikipedia Term: Adult

Wikipedia Entry

Biologically, an adult is a human or another organism that has reached sexual maturity. In human context, the term adult additionally has meanings associated with social and legal concepts. In contrast to a “minor”, a legal adult is a person who has attained the age of majority and is therefore regarded as independent, self-sufficient, and responsible.

Human adulthood encompasses psychological adult development. Definitions of adulthood are often inconsistent and contradictory; a person may be biologically an adult, and have adult behaviour but still be treated as a child if they are under the legal age of majority. Conversely, one may legally be an adult but possess none of the maturity and responsibility that may define an adult character.

In different cultures, there are events that relate passing from being a child to becoming an adult or coming of age. This often encompasses the passing a series of tests to demonstrate that a person is prepared for adulthood or reaching a specified age, sometimes in conjunction with demonstrating preparation. Most modern societies determine legal adulthood based on reaching a legally specified age without requiring a demonstration of physical maturity or preparation for adulthood.

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