11/05/17 Age of Capacity | Age of Consent | Age of Majority | Age of Reason

Age of Capacity Age of Consent Age of Majority Age of Reason

Do they all mean the same?
Although they sound similar, all these phrases have developed separate doctrinal meanings; be careful to use the right one.

  • Age of capacity is the age at which one may take legal action, such as signing a contract, writing a will, or bringing a lawsuit.
  • Age of consent is the age at which one can agree to marry or to have sexual relations.
  • Age of majority is the age at which the law considers one an adult and entitled to legal rights (beyond those of the age of capacity), such as voting.
  • Age of reason is the age at which one is considered to know right from wrong, and so may be sued in tort or charged with a crime.

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