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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.

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

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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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To protect third parties with whom the emancipated minor may deal during the pendency of any such appeal, the code expressly provides that "[t]he validity of an act of the minor shall not be affected by the subsequent modification or termination of the judgment." (128)
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State law decides parental authority by typically citing the "emancipated minor" or "mature minor" doctrines (Buchanan & Brock, 1989).
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(157) Finally, as discussed above in Part I, emancipated minors are generally not required to comply with parental notification and consent statutes.
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Under the HIPAA privacy rule, adolescents who legally are adults (aged 18 or older) and emancipated minors can exercise the rights of individuals; specific provisions address the protected health information of adolescents who are younger than 18 and not emancipated.
These are: children with no language comprehension and no decisional capacity (e.g., neonates and early infants); children with some language comprehension but limited decisional capacity; children with good language comprehension and developing decisional capacity; children with good language comprehension and sufficient/substantial decisional capacity who are mature but not emancipated minors; and, children with good language comprehension and sufficient/substantial decisional capacity who are both mature and emancipated minors.
Item XX deals with issues of confidentiality in general and for minors in particular, clarifying the status of emancipated minors and the emancipating situation.
Virginia's recent ban on underage marriage included an exception for emancipated minors and referenced the state's emancipation statute.