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Definition: Child

Quick Summary of Child

A young human being below the age of puberty or below the legal age of majority.

What is the dictionary definition of Child?

Dictionary Definition

  1. A person who has not yet reached adulthood, whether natural (puberty), cultural (initiation), or legal (majority); obsolete, specifically a female child, a girl.
  2. with possessive One’s son or daughter, regardless of age.
  3. with possessive One’s descendants, regardless of age.

n. 1) a person’s natural offspring. 2) a person 14 years and under. A “child” should be distinguished from a “minor” who is anyone under 18 in almost all states.

Full Definition of Child

Although difficult to define in day-to-day usage, in English law a child is usually a person under 14 years of age.

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Modern Language Association (MLA):
Child. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. October 17, 2021
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):
Child. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. (accessed: October 17, 2021).
American Psychological Association (APA):
Child. Retrieved October 17, 2021, from website:

Definition Sources

Definitions for Child are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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