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Minor

An infant or person who is under the age of legal competence. A term derived from the Civil Law, which described a person under a certain age as less than so many years. In most states, a person is no longer a minor after reaching the age of 18 (though state laws might still prohibit certain acts until reaching a greater age; e.g., purchase of liquor). Also, less; of less consideration; lower; a person of inferior condition.

minor

n. someone under legal age, which is generally 18, except for certain purposes such as drinking alcoholic beverages. (See: legal age, maturity)

minor

adjective accessory, cursory, dispensable, futile, immaterial, inappreciable, inconsiderable, ineffectual, inessential, inferior, insubstantial, irrelevant, junior, less important, lesser, little, low-level, lower, meaningless, mere, minimal, minute, modest, negligible, nonessential, not vital, not worth mentioning, nugatory, obscure, of no account, of second rank, paltry, peripheral, petty, picayune, scant, slight, small, smaller, subaltern, subordinate, superficial, trifling, trivial, unessential, unimportant, uninfluential, unnecessary, unnoteworthy, unnoticeable
Associated concepts: minor breach, minor defect, minor dissute, minor subdivision

minor

noun adolescent, baby, child, dependent, fillus familias, individual under age, individual under the age of majority, infant, junior, juvenile, one not legally compeeent, person under legal age, person under 18 years of age, person who is not of full age, pubescent, teenager, underrge person, ward, young person, youngling, youngster, youth
Associated concepts: emancipation of a minor, minor deeendent, unemancipated minor
Foreign phrases: Minor minorem custodire non debet, alios enim praesumitur male regere qui seipsum regere nescit.A minor ought not to be guardian to a minor, for a person who knows not how to govern himself is presumed to be unfit to govern others. Meliorem conditionem suam facere potest minor, deteriorem nequaquam. A minor can make his own condition better, but by no means worse. Succurritur minori; facilis est lapsus juventutis. A minor is to be favored; youth errs easily. Minor non tenetur reepondere durante minori aetati, nisi, in causa dotis, propter favorem. A minor is not held responsible during his minority, unless, by reason of favor, in the matter of dower.
See also: adolescent, child, collateral, dependent, frivolous, immaterial, inappreciable, incidental, inconsequential, inconsiderable, infant, inferior, insignificant, juvenile, minimal, negligible, nonessential, null, petty, secondary, slight, subaltern, subordinate, unessential

MINOR, persons. One under the age of twenty-one years, while in a state of infancy; one who has not attained the age of a major. The terms major and minor, are more particularly used in the civil law. The common law terms are adult and infant. See Infant.

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An emancipated minor is one who has not reached the age of majority but has been legally freed from the care, custody, and control of his or her parent under state law.
More than half of the states have enacted laws enabling legally emancipated minors to consent to all kinds of medical care.
On May 24, committee member Melina Buncome of Jacksonville attended the Senior Awards Night at Creekside to present the first-place award for their video on the new responsibilities and consequences of an emancipated minor.
After appearing in a Martin Scorsese film aged seven (eating an ice-cream in 1974's Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore), Dern went to court at 13 to become an emancipated minor so she could work more freely in the movie business, after her mother felt one of her movies wasn't suitable.
I know if we do this, he can be an emancipated minor, because he really wants to have his own place, like 'Ooh,'" Will said.
If C can show she is a mature minor or an emancipated minor, she can then decide for herself.
We believe that, if we consider that the exception regulated by article 40 NCC is part of a wider concern of modern society to give more rights to people before the age of 18, we can admit that the emancipated minor can conclude the marriage by himself, without further consent or authorization (Avram, 2013: 45-46).
Another exception to the need for parental consent is the emancipated minor.