age of discretion

See: majority
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Though the youngest of their number could not much have passed the period, that, in the nicer judgment of the law, is called the age of discretion, he had proved himself so far worthy of his progenitors as to have reared already his aspiring person to the standard height of his race.
As for a child, it is not obligatory upon him or her, although valid if observed by a person at the age of discretion (mumayyiz).
I now find at my age, which is long past the age of discretion, I can actually stop the traffic
The first tale, The Age of Discretion, allows the reader access to the crumbling world of a woman who seemingly has everything.
The Code of Canon Law tells us that the sacrament of Confirmation is to be conferred on the faithful at the age of discretion -- that is, 7 or 8 years old.
Canon 891 determines that "the sacrament of confirmation is to be conferred on the faithful at about the age of discretion unless the conference of bishops determines another age or there is danger of death or in the judgment of the minister a grave cause urges otherwise.
In its directive regarding the age of confirmation, the 1983 Code of Canon Law takes into account this variety of pastoral practice by allowing episcopal conferences to determine an age other than "at about the age of discretion," presumably on the basis of a collective judgment that some other age would have a pastoral advantage for the people of that nation or culture.
60) Assuming they had reached the statutory age of discretion, which was 13 for boys and normally for girls 12 1/2; however, in Italy 133 was frequently given as the age for girls, too.
The last official decree on the age for confirmation, issued by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in August 2001, states that "the sacrament of confirmation in the Latin Rite shall be conferred between the age of discretion [seven years] and about 16 years of age.
According to James Axtell, the years 1-7 were considered childhood, and 7 to 16, "youth;" after 16 began the age of discretion.
bishops' decision to set the normal age range for conferring confirmation "between the age of discretion and about 16 years of age.
The age of discretion is usually considered to be about 7.