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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 previewThe Law of Baron and Femme, of Parent and Child, Guardian and Ward, Master and Servant, and of the Powers of the Courts of Chancery (1862)

With an Essay on the Terms Heir, Heirs, Heirs of the Body by Tapping Reeve

With regard to the avoidance of the marriage by either party, while one is within the age of consent, it is believed that the doctrine of the text does not hold where the party above the age of consent is an adult. It has been held that in such case ...

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 previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies (2016)

by Abbie E. Goldberg

The term age of consent is somewhat misleading. Sexual assault laws cannot nor could not locate the exact age where someone transforms from a dependent subject incapable of making decisions for herself to an independent, rational actor.

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 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 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 previewEncyclopaedia Londinensis, or, Universal dictionary of arts, sciences, and literature (1812)

Though the age of consent to a marriage in an infant male is fourteen, and in a female twelve; yet they may •marry before, and, if they agree thereto when they attain tliele ages, the marriage is good ; but they cannot disagree before then ; and, ...

Google previewThe Law-dictionary, Explaining the Rise, Progress, and Present State of the British Law (1835)

Defining and Interpreting the Terms Or Words of Art, and Comprising Also Copious Information on the Subjects of Trade and Government by Sir Thomas Edlyne Tomlins, Thomas Colpitts Granger

Though the age of consent to a marriage in an infant male is fourteen, and in a female twelve, yet they may marry before, and if they agree thereto when they attain these ages, the marriage is good, but they cannot disagree before then ; and if ...

Google previewThe Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History (2008)

4 Volume Set by Bonnie G. Smith

The Age of Consent Act raised the age of ...

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