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Age of Consent

The age at which a person may marry without parental approval. The age at which a female is legally capable of agreeing to sexual intercourse, so that a male who engages in sex with her cannot be prosecuted for Statutory Rape.

A person below the age of consent is sometimes called an infant or minor.

age of consent

n. (See: legal age, majority)

age of consent

see MAJORITY.
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The Bill would equalise the gay and heterosexual ages of consent at 16 in England, Scotland and Wales and 17 in Northern Ireland.
In a free vote, MPs supported the move by 313 to 130, confirming the will of the Commons, which was defeated when the Lords last summer overturned a previous vote in favour of equalising gay and heterosexual ages of consent.