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Age of Consent

Definition of the noun age of consent

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  1. the minimum age for marrying without parental consent or the minimum age for consensual sexual relations; intercourse at an earlier age can result in a charge of assault or statutory rape; the age differs in different states of the Union
    • lexical domain: Time - nouns denoting time and temporal relations
    • more generic words: age / eld = a time of life (usually defined in years) at which some particular qualification or power arises

Alternative definition of the noun age of consent


  1. [legal] The age at which a person is legally considered to be mature enough to engage willingly in sexual intercourse.


  1. "Age of Consent" is a 1969 Australian film which was the penultimate feature film directed by British director Michael Powell. The romantic comedy-drama stars James Mason, Helen Mirren in her first major film role, and veteran Irish character actor Jack MacGowran. The screenplay by Peter Yeldham was adapted from the 1935 semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by Norman Lindsay, who died the year this film was released.
  2. "Age of Consent" a.k.a. "The Age of Consent" is a 1932 American black-and-white drama film directed by Gregory La Cava. The film stars Richard Cromwell as a young man who becomes involved with a waitress of a seedy restaurant.
  3. "Age of Consent" is a 2013 documentary biography historical fiction film written and directed by Charles Lum and Todd Verow.

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Google previewStates of Desire Revisited (2014)

Travels in Gay America by Edmund White

The age of consent is an anomaly in Massachusetts, for instance. A boy may marry at fourteen and a girl at twelve, both may receive contraceptives and girls may seek abortions without parental consent—but no one under sixteen can legally ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Homosexuality (2009)

by Brent L. Pickett

AGE OF CONSENT LAWS. Many countries that do not have anti- sodomy laws had, or still have, unequal ages of consent for heterosexual versus homosexual relations. For example, France, during World War II, raised the age of consent for ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the Lesbian and Gay Liberation Movements (2013)

by JoAnne Myers

AGE OF CONSENT. The age at which legal (and penal) codes deem individuals capable ...

Google previewThe American and English Encyclopedia of Law. (1889)

The common law, following the civil law, has established an age of consent at which infants may contract valid marriages. This age is intended to follow the age of puberty, and is fixed at fourteen for males and twelve for females;1 but these ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Contemporary British Culture (2013)

by Peter Childs, Michael Storry

The age of consent has been discussed from Plato, through Locke and into contemporary public policy. It covers a variety of different situations, from smoking , taking alcohol and watching X-rated movies to legal permission to engage in ...

Google previewThe American and English Encyclopaedia of Law (1901)

by David Shephard Garland, Lucius Polk McGehee, James Cockcroft, Charles Porterfield

Infancy – Minority — Age of Consent. — At common law a marriage of an infant under seven years of age was void. But marriages of infants more than seven years old but under the age of consent, which was fixed at fourteen years for boys ...

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Can a moment of madness make up for an age of consent? (Basil Bunting)
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