Legal age

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Legal age refers to age at which a person may legally engage in a certain activity. Most frequently, this is the age of majority, the threshold of adulthood as recognized in law.

Other ages of legal significance include:

  • Age of candidacy, the age at which a person can legally qualify to hold certain elected government offices
  • Age of consent, the legal age for sexual activities, the age at which a person is considered to be legally competent to consent to sexual acts
  • Legal drinking age, the age at which a person is permitted by law to consume alcoholic beverages
  • Legal working age, the age at which a person is allowed to work
  • Marriageable age, the age at which a person is allowed to marry
  • Smoking age, the minimum legal age to purchase cigarettes
  • Voting age, the minimum legal age to be eligible to vote in a public election

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