Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In the civil law. A male infant who has attained the age of fourteen; a female infant who has attained the age of twelve. Dom. IAv. Prel. tit 2, ยง 2, n. 8. In the common law. One who has attained the legal age of majority, generally 21 years, though in some states women are legally "adults" at 18. Schenault v. Sinte, 10 Tex. App. 410; George v. State, 11 Tex. App. 95; Wilson v. Lawrence, 70 Ark. 545, 69 S. W. 570.