age of consent

noun phrase

Definition of age of consent 

: the age at which one is legally competent to give consent especially to marriage or to sexual intercourse

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1504, in the meaning defined above

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age of consent

noun
age of con·sent | \-kən-ˈsent \

Medical Definition of age of consent 

: the age at which one is legally competent to give consent especially to marriage or to sexual intercourse

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Legal Definition of age of consent 

: the age at which a person is deemed competent by law to give consent especially to sexual intercourse or marriage — see also statutory rape — compare emancipation, legal age

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