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age of consent

The age at which a person is legally able to give consent, as to sexual relations, marriage, or a binding contract. Some people advocate lowering the age of consent, but some worry it will cause an increase in promiscuity among young people.
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silence means consent

If you do not voice your objection to something, then it is assumed that you support it. A: "Why did you think I would agree to punishing a student so harshly?" B: "Well, you didn't say anything when we originally discussed this plan! Silence means consent." Make sure to speak up when you disagree with something, because, for many people, silence means consent.
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consent to (something)

To agree to something. Do you have your permission slip? We need proof that your parents have consented to your participation in the field trip. Good luck getting her to consent to such dramatic changes to the script.
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enthusiastic consent

The act of explicitly and enthusiastically expressing the desire to have a sexual encounter with someone and maintaining and communicating that enthusiasm throughout the experience. Men and women often have very different ideas about verbal and nonverbal cues, but an enthusiastic consent model solves all that.
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consent to something

to agree to permit something to happen. I will not consent to your marriage. There is no need for you to consent to anything.
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Silence gives consent.

Prov. If you do not object to what someone says or does, you can be assumed to agree with or condone it. Jill: What did Fred say when you told him we were thinking about leaving the office early? Jane: He didn't say anything. Jill: Then he must not mind if we go. Silence gives consent.
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Moreover, the legality of a search following conflicting responses to a request for consent has received approval from the lower courts where the consenting person has, at least, equal access and control over the area being searched.
Holders who validly tender their Notes prior to the Consent Payment Deadline will, by tendering those Notes, be consenting to the amendments to the Notes indenture.
Following the announcement of the consent, the bonds traded down by a margin substantially in excess of the consent fee, leaving all holders, including consenting holders, with less value than they had prior to the announcement.
HealthSouth is determined to avoid paying fair compensation to bondholders by championing consents from a small minority that has either been coerced or which gave their consents to accommodate such consenting bondholders' other objectives.
AES' obligation to accept consents and pay a consent fee to consenting holders is subject to numerous conditions as set forth in the consent solicitation statement.
Each of the consents was accompanied by the consenting holders' tender of Notes.