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- noun The age at which a person is legally considered competent to give consent, as to sexual intercourse.
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- noun law The age at which a
personis legallyconsidered to be mature enough to engage willinglyin sexual intercourse.
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- noun 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
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