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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. Here, the age of consent is 18, but it varies from state to state. Are you talking about the girl over there who's clearly younger than the age of consent? Yeah, I'd stay away from her unless you want to spend your future days in a cell!
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
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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.
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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It might be objected that, for many countries, members of the military consent to be killed in virtue of their consenting to governments that in turn have consented to international laws that set forth various rules about when and how nations may go to war.
Consent operates in the same way whether the soldier is consenting to serve in a standing army or to fight in a particular war and, also, whether or not he recognizes that it permits opposing soldiers to target him.
Most importantly, the opinion of the non-consenting occupant does not affect the consenting occupant and is considered irrelevant to the assessment of the consent's validity.
(75) While the majority ruled in favor of the objecting occupant (because his objection made the warrantless search illegal), the dissent preferred the consenting occupant (because her consent made the warrantless search legal).
(85) In cases where the consenting third-party was a landlord (86) or hotel manager, (87) the common authority rule does not apply and they cannot admit a person without the consent of the current tenant.
(94) Phrasing the question this way ignores the fact that in Randolph, as in other third-party consent Supreme Court cases, the objecting occupant is a man and the consenting occupant is a woman.
(101) However, in all these cases, the gender of the consenting party is not considered.
(1) awareness that the complainant might not be consenting ('possibility recklessness');
(2) indifference to whether the complainant is consenting ('indifference recklessness'); and
(3) failure to give any thought to whether the complainant is consenting ('inadvertence recklessness').
(i) while being aware that the person is not consenting or might not be consenting; or
(ii) while not giving any thought to whether the person is not consenting or might not be consenting; or
It is important to note, however, that apparent authority does not relieve officers of their obligation to ask questions and develop information with respect to a consenting individual's access and control.
Law enforcement officers who conduct a search based on an individual's consent that follows another individual's refusal to consent must be careful to determine that the consenting individual has, at least, equal access and control over the area being searched.
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.