What does Adult mean?

Definitions for Adult
əˈdʌlt, ˈæd ʌltAdult

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. adult, grownupnoun

    a fully developed person from maturity onward

  2. adultadjective

    any mature animal

  3. adult, big, full-grown, fully grown, grown, grownupadjective

    (of animals) fully developed

    "an adult animal"; "a grown woman"

  4. pornographic, adultadjective

    designed to arouse lust

    "pornographic films and magazines"; "adult movies"

Wiktionary

  1. adultnoun

    A fully grown human or animal.

    Etymology: adulte, adultus, past participle of adolescere; see adolescent.

  2. adultnoun

    A person who lives outside the parental home.

    Etymology: adulte, adultus, past participle of adolescere; see adolescent.

  3. adultnoun

    A person whose parents are deceased.

    Etymology: adulte, adultus, past participle of adolescere; see adolescent.

  4. adultadjective

    Of a human or animal, fully grown.

    Etymology: adulte, adultus, past participle of adolescere; see adolescent.

  5. adultadjective

    Intended for adults rather than children.

    adult clothes

    Etymology: adulte, adultus, past participle of adolescere; see adolescent.

  6. adultadjective

    Containing material of an explicit sexual nature

    Etymology: adulte, adultus, past participle of adolescere; see adolescent.

Wikipedia

  1. Adult

    Biologically, an adult is a human or other 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. The typical age of attaining legal adulthood is 18, although definition may vary by legal rights and country. Human adulthood encompasses psychological adult development. Definitions of adulthood are often inconsistent and contradictory; a person may be biologically an adult, and have adult behavior 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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Adultadjective

    having arrived at maturity, or to full size and strength; matured; as, an adult person or plant; an adult ape; an adult age

    Etymology: [L. adultus, p. p. of adolescere, akin to alere to nourish: cf. F. adulte. See Adolescent, Old.]

  2. Adultnoun

    a person, animal, or plant grown to full size and strength; one who has reached maturity

    Etymology: [L. adultus, p. p. of adolescere, akin to alere to nourish: cf. F. adulte. See Adolescent, Old.]

Freebase

  1. Adult

    Biologically, an adult is a human being or other organism that is of reproductive age. In human context, the term adult additionally has meanings associated with social and legal concepts; for example, a legal adult is a legal concept for a person who has attained the age of majority and is therefore regarded as independent, self-sufficient, and responsible. In addition, human adulthood encompasses psychological adult development. Definitions of adulthood are often inconsistent and contradictory; a person may be biologically an adult, and have adult behavior 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 adult character. An event relating to the oncoming of adulthood is coming of age, which encompasses 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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Adult

    ad-ult′, adj. grown: mature.—n. a grown-up person.—n. Adult′ness. [L. adultusadolescĕre, to grow. See Adolescent.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Adult

    A person having attained full growth or maturity. Adults are of 19 through 44 years of age.

Editors Contribution

  1. adult

    A person of a known specific age defined in legislation.

    In some countries the defined legal age of an adult is 16, in other countries it is 18.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 16, 2020  

Entomology

  1. Adult

    the stage when an insect is sexually mature and ready to reproduce normally.

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Adult' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2240

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Adult' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3659

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Adult' in Nouns Frequency: #601

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Adult in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Adult in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Adult in a Sentence

  1. Jan Schakowsky:

    In the vast majority of those cases, the adult did not realize the child was inside the car. It's not enough to educate parents about the risks.

  2. David Letterman:

    I'll miss it, desperately. One of two things: There will be reasonable, adult acceptance of transition. Or I will turn to a life of crime.

  3. Flager County Sheriff Rick Staly:

    There is zero excuse for an adult, especially a parent, to be physically involved in a juvenile dispute, kids need to have leadership from their parents and taught how to handle disputes properly.

  4. Olivia Ward:

    They do give you all the tools that you need plus you have phone numbers galore, and it's your responsibility to reach out if you feel like you're sinking, everybody that's on 'The Biggest Loser' is an adult. You are given a calorie count. Mine was 1304. I was given that from a doctor, and I adhered to that because that was the medical advice and direction that I was given.

  5. Jessica Rivinius:

    In November 2012, Miami University was made aware of allegations of an off-campus sexual assault involving a non-student adult and Brad Aldrich, when the Miami University Police Department reached out to the alleged victim, they offered to assist the individual in filing a police report with the Oxford Police Department. The individual declined to make a report.

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  • Brandon Olivince
    Regarding the 7th definition of adult by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, 19-year-olds are not adults. They are still teenagers/adolescents. Adulthood doesn't truly start until the age of 20.
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