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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

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 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

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

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

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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This is because such a region would be one in which another individual neither has nor lacks a duty to a consenter and this intuitively seems incoherent.
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.
On the one hand, as a consenter, Maggie made very clear that digital projects are not required and should not "take over" a class.
as it would not degrade the dignity of the consenter sufficiently to
22) titulo tengo hecho juraminto en furma de dericho como chrestiano de no consenter nengon pecado publico, escandalo contra la le de Dios [.
24) Surprisingly, courts have not held that Bumper invalidates consent when an officer informs the consenter that he will obtain a search warrant.
This defense of good government theory, however, sidesteps the fact that, even with unjust background conditions, the requirement of consent to legitimate state authority still increases the autonomy of the consenters, and thus serves the fundamental values of liberalism.
Thus, courts would give careful and considerable attention to the background of the consenter and whether his prior personal experience or group cultural experience with the police may have affected the decision to consent.
177, 188 (1990), rather than requiring that the consenter had actual authority to and/or actually did, consent.
30) Thus, the Court concluded that one should not simply consider where the search took place but also the relationships among the consenter, the searcher, and the defendant.
124) Even though consent was by a third party in Schneckloth, the defendant who voluntarily occupied the car with the consenter can be considered to have authorized other passengers to consent to a search under Matlock and Katz.
The characteristics of the four factors were consistent for both consenters and non-consenters and no finding that was specific to only one or the other parent group was noted.
We know this--we specialist and non-specialist consenters to this consensus--on the basis of an agglomerate of evidence, including measurements of rapidly rising sea levels, shrinking ice sheets, diminishing Arctic ice thickness, accelerating global temperatures on both land and sea, and increasing ocean acidification.
These consenters may infringe the rights of the dissenters if that is necessary to overcome the consenters' expected perils and the dissenters' losses are not significant.