age of consent

age of consent
Date: 1504 the age at which one is legally competent to give consent especially to marriage or to sexual intercourse

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • age of consent — age of consent: the age at which a person is deemed competent by law to give consent esp. to sexual intercourse or marriage see also statutory rape compare emancipation, legal age Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster …   Law dictionary

  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • age of consent — n. Law 1. the age at which a person may marry without parental approval 2. the age at which a person is considered legally competent to consent to sexual intercourse …   English World dictionary

  • age of consent — age′ of consent′ n. law Law. the age at which a person is considered competent to consent to marriage or sexual intercourse • Etymology: 1800–10 …   From formal English to slang

  • age of consent — ► NOUN ▪ the age at which a person s consent to sexual intercourse is legally valid …   English terms dictionary

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  • age of consent —    The age of consent has been discussed from Plato, through Locke and into contemporary public policy. It covers a variety of different situations, from smoking, taking alcohol and watching X rated movies to legal permission to engage in various …   Encyclopedia of contemporary British culture

  • age of consent — noun the minimum age for marrying without parental consent or the minimum age for consensual sexual relations; intercourse at an earlier age can result in a charge of assault or statutory rape; the age differs in different states of the Union •… …   Useful english dictionary

  • age of consent — N SING: the N The age of consent is the age at which a person can legally agree to having a sexual relationship. He was under the age of consent …   English dictionary

  • 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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