age of consent

noun phrase

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

Examples of age of consent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Last year, the country raised the age of consent from 13 to 16, and in 2017 men were allowed to report allegations of rape. Addie Morfoot, Variety, 9 May 2024 That was fairly typical for the time because, Sturgeon noted, the age of consent in Arizona was 10. Faith E. Pinho, Los Angeles Times, 10 Apr. 2024 The age of consent in the Bahamas is 16, but the lawsuit says the girl was intoxicated and could not give consent. Jim Vertuno, USA TODAY, 7 Jan. 2024 States like California and Colorado have recently lowered the age of consent for treatment to 12. Michael Elsen-Rooney, Fortune, 11 Feb. 2024 The accusers included a woman who was 16, the British age of consent, during her relationship with Brand, who was in his early 30s. Matt Flegenheimer, New York Times, 13 Nov. 2023 Under Florida law, the age of consent is 18, and those who are 16 and 17 are able to consent only to a partner younger than 24. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 20 Oct. 2023 In the past, a victim had only until 20 years past the age of consent, or up to age 38, to file civil lawsuits against offenders. Jean Marbella, Baltimore Sun, 1 Sep. 2023 The age of consent in Virginia is 18, prosecutors noted. Salvador Rizzo, Washington Post, 16 Aug. 2023

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

age of consent

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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