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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 1 month ago

Is 17 still a minor or an adult?

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  • 1 month ago

    A minor. You become an adult at 21.

    Why? Ask Trump who make it illegal for those under age 21 to enjoy the adult right to be able to smoke. Last I checked minors can't do things cause of their age. 

    However, 17 is usually old enough to have sex, quit school, work, drive, and often times tried as an adult for crimes committed. You can also join the military at 17. Voting is age 18. It's kind of a grey area, but all in all and based on what the laws literally say you are a minor until you are 21. 

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  • PAMELA
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    A minor, until they are 18.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    In the U.S., you are not legally an adult until you are 18.

    • You mean 21, as Donald Trump recently proved when he took away the right to smoke from 18-20 year olds?

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  • Sam
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Technically a minor but it can be both.

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  • 1 month ago

    In legal terms, a little of both depending on the specific context, and the specific location.  Total or full adulthood is not granted in some places even at 18 or 21.  In the US, for example, while most states grant "adulthood" to everyone at 18, there are things that an 18 year old is not seen as "adult" enough to be given the right to do, like perhaps buying alcohol or tobacco.  On the other hand, many states or other legal jurisdictions allow emancipation at 16 or even younger, so you can make legal decisions such as marriage before being a "legal" adult.  Many crimes, for example, will see the 17 year old tried as an adult rather than a juvenile.

    Basically, there is not a deep and totally defined line that is "adulthood".  Mostly, in the US, 18 is the closest thing to where that line lies though.

    If you can vote but you cannot drink, are you an adult or not?

    • 21 is the closest thing. Literally the only right given at 18 is voting. All the rest are 21.

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  • Biff
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Still a "minor" in most Western jurisdictions. But adult enough to do things like consenting to sex in many of them.

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  • 1 month ago

    In almost all countriess, legal adulthood begins at 18 or higher in some instances.

    • In civilised nations 21 is the adult age. Countries that treat teens as adults are guilty of crimes against humanity.

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  • Susie
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    You are a minor at 17. But that's not to say you aren’t held to more individual responsibility than a minor the age of 12 or younger. At 16-17, one is expected to know the difference between right and wrong and will be held accountable for their actions and choices.  

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  • 1 month ago

    You’re still a minor at 17. You become an adult when you turn 18.

    • 21, you mean. Otherwise I could buy cigs at 18, which I can't.

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