age of consent

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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.

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age of consent

n. (See: legal age, majority)

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age of consent

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