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adult

1. a mature fully grown animal or plant
2. Law a person who has attained the age of legal majority (18 years for most purposes)
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Justice Kennedy continually presses that the Lawrence claimants are consenting adults, and that their consenting adultness portends any legal interferences as morally motivated, and not motivated to prevent harm.
It was that in-betweenness, that adultness, that differentiated them, and only after they freed themselves from the expectations forced on them by their parents and their too-hip, too-trendy, too-socially-conscious juniors, could they begin to find their place in the world.
By Thom Hartmann Columbia University, by inviting Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to speak, has shown confidence in the wisdom and adultness of their students and our republic.