age of consent

(redirected from Age of consent for sex)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia.

age of consent

n.
The age at which a person is legally considered competent to give consent, as to sexual intercourse.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

age′ of consent′


n.
Law. the age at which a person is considered competent to consent to marriage or sexual intercourse.
[1800–10]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
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"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
figure By EDITORIAL Three judges of the Court of Appeal recently called for a candid national conversation on the age of consent for sex. Citing countries where this age is pegged at 16 years or lower, the judges expressed concern that prisons are teeming with young men serving lengthy sentences for having had sex with adolescent girls, whose consent could not be taken into consideration because they were under 18.Such a conversation is important, especially where it is felt that the law is hurting a section of the population, in this case adolescent boys.
On other issues, Mr Olopeng told the residents that Parliament passed the Penal Code Amendment Bill raising the age of consent for sex from 16 to 18 years.
Additionally, the amended law, decriminalises consensual sexual activity between older adolescents (above age of consent for sex, i.e.
French law doesn't set a legal age of consent for sex.
The age of consent for sex within marriage was then raised from 10 to 12 years.
This wide-ranging discussion explores the contradicting cultural and legal concepts surrounding the idea of the age of consent for sex, with special focus on how consent is related to the juridical and social construction of the child, the sex offender, and the homosexual.
Three in five of you said there should be no change to 16 as the age of consent for sex. Six in ten want the voting age kept at 18, not reduced to 16.