age of consent

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age of consent

n.
The age at which a person is legally considered competent to give consent, as to sexual intercourse.

age of consent

n
1. (Law) the age at which a person is considered legally competent to consent to sexual intercourse
2. (Law) the age at which a person can enter into a legally binding contract

age′ of consent′


n.
Law. the age at which a person is considered competent to consent to marriage or sexual intercourse.
[1800–10]
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Noun1.age of consent - 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
eld, age - a time of life (usually defined in years) at which some particular qualification or power arises; "she was now of school age"; "tall for his eld"
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