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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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Fine Gael has said it is in favour of maintaining the current age of consent, while Labour supported the new limit.
London, Sep 22 (ANI): The BBC has caused outrage after it allowed a leading academic to demand the age of consent be lowered to 13 on its show.
In the interview, the senator was quoted as saying he did not believe in having an age of consent but a principle of consent.
Telling children not to have sex before the age of consent will not stop them from having sex and getting pregnant.
Age of consent left unchanged: The British House of Lords refuses to lower the age of consent for gays from 18 to 16, the lawful age for heterosexuals,
Former Tory Cabinet Minister Baroness Young, who is at the centre of the battle to stop the lowering of the gay age of consent, has spoken of the "overwhelming volume" of letters supporting her cause.
I feel that the lowering of age of consent sex is absolutely not acceptable because this is not in consonance with our system, our society, our culture, our values.
Among those who supported lowering the age of consent to 16 was the Bishop of Birmingham, the Rt Rev Mark Santer.
The legal age of consent for having sex is 17 and under current Irish Law a person is guilty of rape if they are reckless in their decision to pursue sexual contact without that person's consent.
It would be very wrong to lower the age of consent to 14.
We were told the age of consent in England is 16 and Nathan was a year younger, so we decided to parallel that by making Justin 17, since the age of consent here is 18," explains Cowen.
The Government indicated last night that it was ready to jettison moves to reduce the gay age of consent to 16 - so that its flagship Anti-crime Bill can pass into law before next week's summer recess.