adulthood

When you stop growing and start shaving, you are in adulthood — a point where you reach maturity. Unfortunately, physical adulthood does not necessarily imply that psychological adulthood is present.

Adulthood implies a maturity of sorts, whether it be physical or psychological. In many cultures, adulthood is marked with a “coming of age” ritual. In Judaism for example, adulthood is marked by the Bat Mitzvah for girls (age 12) and the Bar Mitzvah for boys (age 13) — in which the girl or boy is considered to have reached adulthood within the community.

Definitions of adulthood
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n the period of time in your life after your physical growth has stopped and you are fully developed

Synonyms:
maturity
Types:
prime, prime of life
the time of maturity when power and vigor are greatest
Type of:
time of life
a period of time during which a person is normally in a particular life state

n the state (and responsibilities) of a person who has attained maturity

Types:
manhood
the state of being a man; manly qualities
parentage, parenthood
the state of being a parent
muliebrity, womanhood
the state of being an adult woman
Type of:
matureness, maturity
state of being mature; full development

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