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Noun

  1. The period prior to the onset of puberty; prepuberty

Extensive Definition

A child is most often defined as a young human being between birth and puberty; a boy or girl. The legal definition of "child" generally refers to a minor, otherwise known as a person younger than the age of majority. "Child" may also describe a relationship with a parent or authority figure, or signify group membership in a clan, tribe, or religion; or it can signify being strongly affected by a specific time, place, or circumstance, as in "a child of nature" or "a child of the Sixties."

UN definition

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child defines a child as "every human being below the age of 18 years unless under the law applicable to the child, majority is attained earlier"..

Biological definition

Biologically, a child is anyone in the developmental stage of childhood, between infancy and adulthood.

Attitudes toward children

Social attitudes toward children differ around the world, and these attitudes have changed over time. One study has found that children in the United States are coddled and overprotected. A 1988 study on European attitudes toward the centrality of children found that Italy was more child-centric and Holland less child-centric, with other countries (Austria, Great Britain, Ireland, and West Germany) falling in between.

Age of responsibility

The age at which children are considered responsible for their own actions has also changed over time, and this is reflected in the way they are treated in courts of law. In Roman times, children were regarded as not culpable for crimes, a position later adopted by the Church. In the nineteenth century, children younger than seven years old were believed incapable of crime. Children from the age of seven were considered responsible for their actions. Hence, they could face criminal charges, be sent to adult prisons, and be punished like adults by whipping, branding or hanging.

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prepubescence in Arabic: طفل
prepubescence in Guarani: Mitã
prepubescence in Min Nan: Gín-á
prepubescence in Bulgarian: Дете
prepubescence in Catalan: Nen
prepubescence in Czech: Dítě
prepubescence in Zhuang: Lwgnyez
prepubescence in Danish: Barn
prepubescence in German: Kind
prepubescence in Estonian: Laps
prepubescence in Modern Greek (1453-): Παιδί
prepubescence in Spanish: Niño
prepubescence in Esperanto: Infano
prepubescence in Persian: کودک
prepubescence in French: Enfant
prepubescence in Irish: Leanbh
prepubescence in Galician: Infancia
prepubescence in Korean: 어린이
prepubescence in Croatian: Djeca
prepubescence in Indonesian: Anak
prepubescence in Icelandic: Barn
prepubescence in Italian: Bambino
prepubescence in Hebrew: ילדות
prepubescence in Kurdish: Zarok
prepubescence in Lithuanian: Vaikas
prepubescence in Hungarian: Gyerek
prepubescence in Maltese: Tifel
prepubescence in Dutch: Kind
prepubescence in Dutch Low Saxon: Kiend
prepubescence in Japanese: 子供
prepubescence in Norwegian: Barn
prepubescence in Narom: Éfaunt
prepubescence in Polish: Dziecko
prepubescence in Portuguese: Criança
prepubescence in Kölsch: Panz
prepubescence in Quechua: Wawa
prepubescence in Russian: Ребёнок
prepubescence in Sicilian: Picciriddu
prepubescence in Simple English: Child
prepubescence in Slovenian: Otrok
prepubescence in Finnish: Lapsi
prepubescence in Swedish: Barn
prepubescence in Tagalog: Anak
prepubescence in Vietnamese: Trẻ em
prepubescence in Tajik: Кӯдак
prepubescence in Turkish: Çocuk
prepubescence in Ukrainian: Дитина
prepubescence in Wu Chinese: 细路
prepubescence in Yiddish: קינד
prepubescence in Contenese: 細路
prepubescence in Chinese: 儿童
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