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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.
See also: consent, to

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.
See also: consent

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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: consent, to

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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By thresholds, I mean the degree to which a consenter must be competent or informed and her consent voluntary for her consent to be valid.
(144) In her view, "third-party consent should be recognized where the consent is uncoerced, and where the consenter, by virtue of his relationship to the primary right holder, would otherwise have standing to challenge the search." (145) Thus, in third-party consent cases "where the intimacy of the relationship between the consenter and the defendant renders betrayal of the defendant's interests unlikely, courts should take care to assure themselves that the consent was uncoerced." (146) The more intimate the relationship between the defendant and the consenter, the more suspicious the court should be that the consent was truly voluntary.
justification, it is the violation of the consenter's inalienable
is financial and the consenters are market participants operating under
sorts of complex cases in which consenters face not simple
To preserve the intended distribution of assets, the general power of appointment may be available only with the consenter's consent.
The issue presented to the Court was whether consent is valid when the police inform the consenter that an officer possesses a search warrant.
Despite their differences, the tacit consent theories considered here all turn out to share one fundamental defect: The consent they engender is not truly voluntary because the consenter must sacrifice important elements of personal autonomy should he or she refuse.
Encouraging shallowness in police inquiry is also problematic in the apparent authority line of cases, in which the Court has held that officers can reasonably rely on the bare information they are provided when assessing whether a potential consenter has authority over a private area.
Consent to act "A" is not consent to act "B" unless the consenter understood that consequence to follow.
When determining the voluntariness of a consent to search, courts use a "totality of the circumstances"(5) test, where all the factors surrounding the consent are examined to determine whether it was a product of the consenter's free will.
(39) Sixth, what happens when the police assume that a person's consent is "voluntary" or that the consenter had authority and then the court concludes otherwise?
While the consequences to the individual consenter may be greater than those suffered in Milgram and Bickman, the behavior appears the same.