carnal knowledge

noun
car·​nal knowledge | \ ˈkär-nəl-\

Legal Definition of carnal knowledge

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

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

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