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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.
See also: age, consent, of

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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silence gives consent

If one does not object to or stand up against something that one does not like or agree with, then one is complicit in permitting it to happen. People like to pretend they are outraged by these policies, but when they do nothing to stop them, their silence gives consent. A: "Are you sure Dad is OK with us borrowing the car?" B: "I texted him about it and he didn't say we couldn't. In my book, silence gives consent."
See also: consent, give, silence

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.
See also: consent, mean, silence

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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Even if it is not a good deal, such lotteries do not intuitively seem to wrong those who are killed, assuming that they consented and did so with sufficient knowledge, voluntariness, and competence.
1133 (1993) (examining a case in which an employee union consented to drug testing of member employees); Margaret R.
The First Bank and Trust Company, without admitting to any allegations, consented to the issuance of the order in connection with its alleged violations of the Board's regulations implementing the National Flood Insurance Act.
One who wakes to loving kisses has not consented to them, even if they are welcome.
Supreme Court has ruled that a court reviewing whether an individual voluntarily consented to a search must consider the totality of the circumstances surrounding the consent.
However, on the question of parents' access to information that has traditionally been considered confidential when minors themselves consented to the services, the Department of Health and Human Services (the federal agency that promulgated the rule) deferred to state or other law, and to "professional practice with respect to adolescent health care." (23) The rule thus keeps intact a body of law that has been in place for decades, while leaving the door open for that law to change.
However, the court reversed the lower court on its directed verdict on the issue of whether the patient ever consented to amputation.
In this last scene the duke and the lady have consented to marry, but the duke must still extricate himself from his current marriage.
First Interstate Bank, without admitting to any allegations, consented to the issuance of the order in connection with its alleged violations of the Board's Regulations implementing the National Flood Insurance Act.
Supreme Court ruled that a court reviewing whether an individual voluntarily consented to a search must consider the totality of the circumstances surrounding the consent.
Even if his wife originated the suit, a husband would still be asked, however formally, whether (according to the ruling of Rabbenu Tam in the twelfth century) she consented to the divorce.(131) Indeed, the question of consent was incorporated into the ceremony of divorce itself, to wit: "On 21 Tammuz 1560 Rafael ben Joab appeared and gave a bill of divorce [get] to his wife, Mrs.
Cumberland Bank, without admitting to any allegations, consented to the issuance of the order in connection with its alleged violations of the Board's Regulations implementing the National Flood Insurance Act.
Constitution, no warrant is required to surreptitiously record conversations in prisons, patrol cars, or interrogation rooms, even when no one has consented to the recording.