age of consent

noun phrase

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

Word History

First Known Use

1504, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of age of consent was in 1504

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“Age of consent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/age%20of%20consent. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition

age of consent

noun

age of con·​sent -kən-ˈsent How to pronounce age of consent (audio)
: the age at which one is legally competent to give consent especially to marriage or to sexual intercourse

Legal Definition

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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