Definitions of minor

  1. a young person of either sex ( between birth and puberty); " she writes books for children"; " they're just kids"; "` tiddler' is a British term for youngsters"
  2. A person of either sex who has not attained the age at which full civil rights are accorded; an infant; in England and the United States, one under twenty- one years of age.
  3. A Minorite; a Franciscan friar.
  4. One of either sex who is under the age of twenty- one.
  5. A person under age ( 21 years).
  6. A person under age.
  7. One under age.
  8. The minor key.
  9. A person of either sex under age; the term forming, or the premise containing, the subject of the conclusion.
  10. A person under age; one under 21 years; in logic, the second proposition of a regular syllogism, called the minor term.
  11. ( theology) warranting only temporal punishment; " venial sin"
  12. limited in size or scope; " a small business"; " a newspaper with a modest circulation"; " small- scale plans"; " a pocket- size country"
  13. lesser in scope or effect; " had minor differences"; " a minor disturbance"
  14. ( law) not of legal age; " minor children"
  15. ( music) of a scale or mode; " the minor keys"; " in B flat minor"
  16. of lesser importance or stature or rank; " a minor poet"; " had a minor part in the play"; " a minor official"; " many of these hardy adventurers were minor noblemen"; " minor back roads"
  17. of lesser seriousness or danger; " suffered only minor injuries"; " some minor flooding"; " a minor tropical disturbance"
  18. ( British) of the younger of two boys with the same family name; " Jones minor"
  19. a young person of either sex; " she writes books for children"; " they're just kids"; "` tiddler' is a British term for youngsters"
  20. of a scale or mode; " the minor keys"; " in B flat minor"
  21. of the younger of two boys with the same family name; " Jones minor"
  22. Inferior in bulk, degree, importance, etc.; less; smaller; of little account; as, minor divisions of a body.
  23. Less by a semitone in interval or difference of pitch; as, a minor third.
  24. The minor term, that is, the subject of the conclusion; also, the minor premise, that is, that premise which contains the minor term; in hypothetical syllogisms, the categorical premise. It is the second proposition of a regular syllogism, as in the following: Every act of injustice partakes of meanness; to take money from another by gaming is an act of injustice; therefore, the taking of money from another by gaming partakes of meanness.
  25. In most states, any person under 18 years of age. All minors must be under the care of a competent adult ( parent or guardian) unless they are " emancipated"-- in the military, married or living independently with court permission. Property left to a minor must be handled by an adult until the minor becomes an adult under the laws of the state where he or she lives.
  26. Smaller; less; unimportant; as, a minor injury; in music, less by half a step than the corresponding major interval.
  27. Smaller: less: inferior in importance, degree, bulk, etc.: inconsiderable: lower: ( music) lower by a semitone: ( logic) the term of a syllogism which forms the subject of the conclusion.
  28. Less; inferior.
  29. Less; secondary.
  30. In the minor key; solemn and plaintive.
  31. Less; smaller; inconsiderable; petty; unimportant; in music, lower by a semitone.
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