age of consent definition

  • noun:
    • this where you were legitimately considered competent to give consent, on sexual intercourse.
    • this where you were legally considered to be mature enough to engage willingly in sexual activity.
    • an age, fixed by statute and differing in different jurisdictions, from which one is competent to offer permission. Intercourse with a lady child under the age of permission is punishable as rape.
    • the minimal age for marrying without parental consent or even the minimal age for consensual intimate relations; sex at an earlier age can lead to a charge of attack or statutory rape; this differs in different states of the Union

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