age of consent


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n 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
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Age of consent (Law) an age, fixed by statute and varying in different jurisdictions, at which one is competent to give consent. Sexual intercourse with a female child under the age of consent is punishable as rape.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Age of consent the age at which a person is considered in the eyes of the law competent to give consent to certain acts
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  • Mark Twain
    “By common consent of all the nations and all the ages the most valuable thing in this world is the homage of men, whether deserved or undeserved.”
  • Basil Bunting
    Basil Bunting
    “Can a moment of madness make up for an age of consent?”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. consentīrecon, with, sentīre, to feel, to think.


In literature:

I am Miss Cardew's guardian, and she cannot marry without my consent until she comes of age.
"The Importance of Being Earnest A Trivial Comedy for Serious People" by Oscar Wilde
This was the path to rise; Luther, with little will in it either way, had consented: he was now nineteen years of age.
"Heroes and Hero Worship" by Thomas Carlyle
The age of consent is eighteen years in all of the states in which women have had the ballot, although in only eight of the others is it so high.
"A New Conscience And An Ancient Evil" by Jane Addams
In some states the age of consent has been altered by statute.
"The Government Class Book" by Andrew W. Young
If I marry without your consent under the age of twenty-one, I forfeit my patrimony.
"The Fatal Glove" by Clara Augusta Jones Trask
When the adopted son was of age, his consent to the agreement was required, in addition to that of his parents.
"History Of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Volume 3 (of 12)" by G. Maspero
The consent of the girl makes no difference, since she is not of an age to become a consenting party.
"Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology" by W. G. Aitchison Robertson
Besides, these yellow birds come from an Eastern country, where they do not read English law or bother about such trifles as the age of consent.
"Nights in London" by Thomas Burke
The man was given a sentence of twenty-one years only, and that upon the ground of the child being under the age of consent.
"Fighting the Traffic in Young Girls" by Various
The minimum "age of consent" eighteen years.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume V"
I like this act, for the boy had enlisted without the consent of his parents, and was only sixteen years of age.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
No youth under age, like my son, can legally marry without the consent of his parents.
"A Mad Love" by Bertha M. Clay
Villehardouin's memoirs are by universal consent among the most attractive works of the middle ages.
"A Short History of French Literature" by George Saintsbury
Age of consent, in woman's suffrage states of the United States, 39. in Australia, 53, 54.
"The Modern Woman's Rights Movement" by Kaethe Schirmacher
Legitimacy of natural children can be established by subsequent marriage of the parents, and the age of consent is sixteen years.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 5" by Various
Men under the age of thirty and women under the age of twenty-five are obliged to ask the consent of their parents.
"Marriage and Divorce Laws of the World" by Hyacinthe Ringrose
If the woman is of adult age, he is first to try to obtain her consent.
"Fetichism in West Africa" by Robert Hamill Nassau
Do you think I would consent to have mother turned out of her hard-earned home in her old age?
"The Freedmen's Book" by Lydia Maria Child
Your mother was just of age, and the consent of parents was unnecessary, as far as the legality of the marriage was concerned.
"The Monctons" by Susanna Moodie
Of course, as he said, without his mother's consent he could not go till he was of age, and if she chose to refuse it he must wait.
"Mitchelhurst Place, Vol. I (of 2)" by Margaret Veley

In news:

Isn't the age of consent 18.
Sexual Intercourse without consent/Sexual Assault, Victim was 15 years of age.
California's age of consent is 18.
Gabriel Orozco , the Mexican-born international art star whose mid-career retrospective is currently on view at the Museum of Modern Art, is by general consent one of the leading artists of the global biennial age.
Minors under 16 years of age need to be accompanied by a parent, and those who are 16 or 17 need to have a parental consent form in order to get pierced or tattooed.
Caddo sheriff's detectives say 24-year-old Nicholas Gobert pierced the tongues of two girls — ages 16 and 17 — without parental consent.
Tattooing and Body Piercing - It is illegal to tattoo, body pierce or pierce the ears of anyone under age 18 without the consent of the minor's parent, guardian or custodian.
State residents between the ages of 14 and 18 will only be allowed to tan under artificial light if they provide proof of parental consent.