[uh-duhlt, ad-uhlt] /əˈdʌlt, ˈæd ʌlt/
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.
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)
Fully developed and mature.
Euphemistically meaning unsuitable for children: adult entertainment (1950s+)
[aw-tuh-mat-ik] /ˌɔ təˈmæt ɪk/ adjective 1. having the capability of starting, operating, moving, etc., independently: an automatic sprinkler system; an automatic car wash. 2. Physiology. occurring independently of volition, as certain muscular actions; involuntary. 3. done unconsciously or from force of habit; mechanical: an automatic application of the brakes. 4. occurring spontaneously: automatic enthusiasm. 5. […]
[kuh-mur-shuh l] /kəˈmɜr ʃəl/ adjective 1. of, relating to, or characteristic of commerce. 2. engaged in commerce. 3. prepared, done, or acting with sole or chief emphasis on salability, profit, or success: a commercial product; His attitude toward the theater is very commercial. 4. able to yield or make a profit: We decided that the […]
[kuh m-pleet] /kəmˈplit/ adjective 1. having all parts or elements; lacking nothing; whole; entire; full: a complete set of Mark Twain’s writings. 2. finished; ended; concluded: a complete orbit. 3. having all the required or customary characteristics, skills, or the like; consummate; perfect in kind or quality: a complete scholar. 4. thorough; entire; total; undivided, […]
[kuh m-pet-i-tiv] /kəmˈpɛt ɪ tɪv/ adjective 1. of, pertaining to, involving, or decided by : competitive sports; a competitive examination. 2. well suited for ; having a feature that makes for successful : a competitive price. 3. having a strong desire to or to succeed. 4. useful to a competitor; giving a competitor an advantage: […]