The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child of 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". However, Thailand has a number of rather different definitions of a child as can be seen from the following legislation. In addition to these definitions in various laws as stated above, the word "child" has been variously defined as follows:. It can be clearly seen that each of the various Thai laws has different interpretations of the word.
In law , a minor is a person under a certain age, usually the age of majority , which legally demarcates childhood from adulthood. The age of majority depends upon jurisdiction and application, but it is generally Minor may also be used in contexts that are unconnected to the overall age of majority. For example, the drinking age in the United States is usually 21, and younger people are sometimes called minors in the context of alcohol law, even if they are at least Such age limits are often different from the age of majority. The concept of minor is not sharply defined in most jurisdictions.