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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.
See also: consent, give, silence
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In upholding the district court's ruling that Thomas voluntarily consented to the search, the U.
Any Notes not tendered and purchased pursuant to the tender offer will remain outstanding and the holders thereof will be bound by the amendments contained in the supplemental indenture eliminating substantially all of the restrictive covenants in the indenture even though they have not consented to the amendments.
E[acute accent]Holders of the 2009 Notes who have tendered their 2009 Notes and consented prior to the 2009 Note Consent Expiration Time will receive a total consideration of U.
36% of the outstanding principal amount of the notes, had tendered their notes and consented to the proposed amendments to the related indenture.
The required majorities of all three series of notes now have consented to the Wessex sale.
If the tender offer is consummated, the amount paid to holders of 10-3/8% Series B Senior Dollar Notes due 2007 and its 10-3/4% Series B Senior Dollar Notes due 2010 who tender and consent, and do not withdraw their tenders and revoke their consents, before the April 17 deadline, as it may be extended, and to holders of 10-3/8% Series A and Series B Senior Sterling Notes who tendered and consented, and did not withdraw their tenders and revoke their consents before the April 15 deadline, will include the 1.