Definition - Noun
1  : a son or daughter of any age and usu. including one formally adopted
compare issue
The word child as used in a statute or will is often held to include a stepchild, an illegitimate child, a person for whom one stands in loco parentis, or sometimes a more remote descendant, such as a grandchild. In interpreting the word child as used in a will, the court will try to effectuate the intent of the person who made the will as it can be determined from the language of the will.
2  : a person below an age specified by law
: See also infant See also minor<assault on a ~ under 16 years of age>
compare adult
A person who is below the statutory age but is married will usually be considered an adult.

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