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carnal knowledge

noun car·nal knowledge \ˈkär-nəl-\

Legal Definition of carnal knowledge

  1. :  an act of especially illegal sexual intercourse <whoever has carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will — District of Columbia Code Annotated>; also :  the crime of committing such an act <was charged with carnal knowledge of a juvenile> — see also rape

Additional Notes on carnal knowledge

Carnal knowledge is sometimes an element of the statutory definition of rape in addition to being a separate offense.


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