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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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The depiction of the world-wide data provides a brief overview of legal ages of consent worldwide, allowing for an insight into the variations that exist between countries and within countries.
He said: "I don't think people realise how widely different the ages of consent are throughout Europe.
The Bill would equalise the gay and heterosexual ages of consent at 16 in England, Scotland and Wales and 17 in Northern Ireland.