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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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

age of consent

n. (See: legal age, majority)

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age of consent

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