having attained full size and strength; grown up; mature:
an adult person, animal, or plant.
of, relating to, or befitting adults.
intended for adults; not suitable for children:
a person who is fully grown or developed or of age.
a full-grown animal or plant.
a person who has attained the age of maturity as specified by law.
By the end of the 4th week the young, except for size, are adultlike and capable of independent existence.
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having reached maturity; fully developed
of or intended for mature people: adult education
regarded as suitable only for adults, because of being pornographic: adult films and magazines
a person who has attained maturity; a grownup
a mature fully grown animal or plant
(law) a person who has attained the age of legal majority (18 years for most purposes) Compare infant
1530s (but not common until mid-17c.), from Latin adultus “grown up, mature, adult, ripe,” past participle of adolescere “grow up, mature” (see adolescent). As a euphemism for “pornographic,” it dates to 1958 and does no honor to the word.
“adult person,” 1650s, from adult (adj.).
adult a·dult (ə-dŭlt’, ād’ŭlt)
One who has attained maturity or legal age.
A fully grown, mature organism.
Fully developed and mature.
Euphemistically meaning unsuitable for children: adult entertainment (1950s+)
to produce a faint image or resemblance of; to outline or sketch. to foreshadow; prefigure. to darken or conceal partially; overshadow. Historical Examples One could adumbrate triumph or disaster by the effort, sustained or otherwise, made by them. The Soul of Susan Yellam Horace Annesley Vachell Feeble is human speech to deal with such high […]
shadowy; shady. Historical Examples Then he began to stumble through the adumbral forests to find a road. The Sex Life of the Gods Michael Knerr adjective generally (poetic) shadowy
to produce a faint image or resemblance of; to outline or sketch. to foreshadow; prefigure. to darken or conceal partially; overshadow. Contemporary Examples But Sanjay seems today like an adumbration, rather than the acme, of authoritarian possibilities in India. Hold Onto Your Penis David Frum, Justin Green November 28, 2012 Historical Examples Newman was the […]