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
  1. noun
    the period of time in your life after your physical growth has stopped and you are fully developed
    synonyms: maturity
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    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
  2. noun
    the state (and responsibilities) of a person who has attained maturity
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    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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