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older adult

A person past middle age, perhaps (but not necessarily) elderly. Now that I'm an older adult, I have all these aches and pains that I never felt before. You don't have to speak loudly to them, you know—not all older adults have trouble hearing.
See also: adult, older


slang The (sometimes daunting) task of acting mature and responsible. Usually used humorously by young adults. Does this mean I have to cook for myself now? I hate adulting. Adulting is the worst—as soon as I get paid, the money goes directly to bills.
See also: adult


verb To act mature and responsible. This slang term is typically used humorously by young adults. Ugh, I can't adult today—I'm going back to bed.

large adult son

An oafish man prone to rambunctious behavior, despite having reached adulthood. The frequent subject of memes, the phrase is often linked to a family photo of American politician Mike Huckabee that includes his two literally large adult sons. Despite being 35 years old, my son is such a doofus. I can't believe I have a large adult son. My large adult sons just gave our dog a bath in the trunk of my car.
See also: adult, large, son
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Introduction: Understanding care from Leininger's perspective implies learning about people's living ways, their environments, their feelings, their worries, their beliefs, their practices as well as their values in different events, such as motherhood, fatherhood, birth, adolescence, adultness, elderliness, diseases and death, with the main objective of offering a care agreeable and compatible to their culture.
But the same rhetorical sleight-of-hand that strips soldiers of their adultness also absolves the rest of America from its responsibility to engage those it deploys in adult-level conversation about the political and moral seriousness of war.
Different parts of the text accommodate readers who just want to understand the book's general ideas and maybe want to take the abridged version of the Epstein-Dumas Test of Adultness included as an appendix.
She was otherworldly in her perfection and her adultness.
When you peel back the veneer of adultness, there are really just a bunch of kids that are willing to stay their skepticism.
Like Renata Adler's jeremiads against the avant-garde in Toward A Radical Middle (1969), it pitted its imperious adultness against a perceived culture of mushrooming infantilism, and sometimes cited little well-intended things that didn't quite work as powerful, malefic symptoms of regression.