Age of consent

Age of consent
Consent Con*sent", n. [Cf. OF. consent.] 1. Agreement in opinion or sentiment; the being of one mind; accord. [1913 Webster]

All with one consent began to make excuse. --Luke xiv. 18. [1913 Webster]

They fell together all, as by consent. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Correspondence in parts, qualities, or operations; agreement; harmony; coherence. [1913 Webster]

The melodious consent of the birds. --Holland. [1913 Webster]

Such is the world's great harmony that springs From union, order, full consent of things. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

3. Voluntary accordance with, or concurrence in, what is done or proposed by another; acquiescence; compliance; approval; permission. [1913 Webster]

Thou wert possessed of David's throne By free consent of all. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

4. (Law) Capable, deliberate, and voluntary assent or agreement to, or concurrence in, some act or purpose, implying physical and mental power and free action. [1913 Webster]

5. (Physiol.) Sympathy. See {Sympathy}, 4.

Syn: Assent; acquiescence; concurrence; agreement; approval; permission. See {Assent}. [1913 Webster]

{Age of consent} (Law), an age, fixed by statute and varying in different jurisdictions, at which one is competent to give consent. Sexual intercourse with a female child under the age of consent is punishable as rape. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • age of consent — age of con·sent kən sent n the age at which one is legally competent to give consent esp. to marriage or to sexual intercourse …   Medical dictionary

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