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AGE. The time when the law allows persons to do acts which, for want of years, they were prohibited from doing before. See Coop. Justin. 446.
     2. For males, before they arrive at fourteen years they are said not to be of discretion; at that age they may consent to marriage and choose a guardian. Twenty-one years is full age for all private purposes, and the may then exercise their rights as citizens by voting for public officers; and are eligible to all offices, unless otherwise provided for in the constitution. At 25, a man may be elected a representative in Congress; at 30, a senator; and at 35, he may be chosen president of the United States. He is liable to serve in the militia from 18 to 45. inclusive, unless exempted for some particular reason.
     3. As to females, at 12, they arrive at years of discretion and may consent to marriage; at 14, they may choose a guardian; and 21, as in males, is fun Age, when they may exercise all the rights which belong to their sex.
     4. In England no one can be chosen member of parliament till he has attained 21 years; nor be ordained a priest under the age of 24; nor made a bishop till he has completed his 30th year. The age of serving in the militia is from 16 to 45 years.
     5. By the laws of France many provisions are made in respect to age, among which are the following. To be a member of the legislative body, the person must have attained 40 years; 25, to be a judge of a tribunal de remiere instance; 27, to be its president, or to be judge or clerk of a court royale ; 30, to be its president or procurer general; 25, to be a justice of the peace; 30, to be judge of a tribunal of commerce, and 35, to be its president; 25, to be a notary public; 21, to be a testamentary witness; 30, to be a juror. At 16, a minor may devise one half of his, property as if he were a major. A male cannot contract marriage till after the 18th year, nor a female before full 15 years. At 21, both males and females are capable to perform all the act's of civil life. Toull. Dr. Civ. Fr. Liv. 1, Intr. n. 188.
     6. In the civil law, the age of a man was divided as follows: namely, the infancy of males extended to the full accomplishment of the 14th year; at 14, he entered the age of puberty, and was said to have acquired full puberty at 18 years accomplished, and was major on completing his 25th year. A female was an infant til 7 years; at 12, she entered puberty, and acquired full puberty at 14; she became of fall age on completing her 25th year. Lecons Elem. du Dr. Civ. Rom. 22.
     See Com. Dig. Baron and Feme, B 5, Dower, A, 3, Enfant, C 9, 10, 11, D 3, Pleader, 2 G 3, 2 W 22, 2 Y 8; Bac. Ab. Infancy and Age; 2 Vin. Ab. 131; Constitution of the United States; Domat. Lois Civ. tome 1, p. 10; Merlin, Repert. de Jurisp. mot Age; Ayl. Pand. 62; 1 Coke Inst. 78; 1 Bl. Com. 463. See Witness.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Bania girls of present study have been showing earlier maturation when compared with other population groups of India for menarcheal age. A study on menarcheal age of school going girls at Jhalawar district, Rajasthan reported 222 girls attained menarche [less than or equal to] 13 years where as 131 girls attained menarche [greater than or equal to] 13 years [1] whereas, another study on Agra girls showed menarcheal age of 13.40 years.
Earlier study conducted on bania girls from Mandi Gobindgarh reported median menarcheal age of 12.88 [+ or -] 0.72 years [9] as compared to median menarcheal age (12.3 years) of bania girls of present study.
Household environment and parents' level of education are also two crucial factors that determine menarcheal age. A study conducted in Seoul found that young women who had experienced menarche at an earlier than average age had a BMI and waist perimeter greater than women who had experienced it later or at the average menarcheal age.11 A cross-sectional study conducted on the French E3N cohort observed that having a deceased dietary intake pre-puberty produced a delayed menarcheal age.12 Low SES was linked to early menarche in a study conducted in the U.S.13
(14,15) The observed relationship between menarcheal age and nutrition has been described in other studies.
Analysis by stepwise multiple linear regression showed that the girls that had the most pronounced stunting and thereafter the most accelerated catch-up growth were those who had the earliest menarcheal age (12).
Functional brain asymmetry, handedness, and menarcheal age. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 18, 213-215.
Concurrent with the rising prevalence of obesity, menarcheal age in Iranian girls has been declining during recent decades (20,21,22).
To investigate the menarcheal age and it's relation with body mass index.
Menarche had occurred with the mean menarcheal age being 12.15+-1.11 years.
Menarcheal age is regarded as a sensitive indicator of physical, biological and psychological environment.
[6] It was also found to be lower than what was found in Nigeria, where the mean menarcheal age for the school girls was 13.21 [+ or -] 1.01 years.