age of consent

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age of consent

(in medical jurisprudence) the age at which an individual is legally free to act as an adult, without parental permission for activities such as marrying, having sexual intercourse, or giving permission for medical treatment or surgery. The specific age of consent varies from 13 to 21, according to local laws.

Age of Consent

The age at which people can legally have sex (i.e., sexual activity is not prohibited by statute).

age of consent

The age at which a minor may legally engage in voluntary sexual intercourse or no longer requires parental consent for marriage. It varies among states but is usually between ages 13 and 18.
See also: age

age of consent

adults (i.e. 18 years of age in UK, 21 years in other countries, e.g. USA) can give informed consent to a procedure or intervention (see consent); patients aged 16-18 years are considered able to give consent even though they have not reached their age of majority; consent in patients of <16 years of age is normally given by the parent or carer, in consultation with the patient