age of consent

Definitions

  • 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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Quotations

  • Mark Twain
    Mark%20Twain
    “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?”

Etymology

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

Usage

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"
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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.
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