consenting adult

consenting adult noun
An adult who consents to something, esp a sexual relationship
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Main Entry:consent

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noun, pl ⋯ adults [count]
law : a person who is legally considered old enough to decide to have sex : an adult who has consented to have sex

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conˌsenting ˈadult f38 [consenting adult] noun
a person who is considered old enough, by law, to decide whether they should agree to have sex; a person who has agreed to have sex

What consenting adults do in private is their own business.


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • consenting adult — UK [kənˌsentɪŋ ˈædʌlt] / US [kənˌsentɪŋ əˈdʌlt] noun [countable] Word forms consenting adult : singular consenting adult plural consenting adults someone who is legally old enough and is willing to take part in an activity, especially a sexual… …   English dictionary

  • consenting adult — con.senting adult n law someone who is considered to be old enough to decide whether they want to have sex →↑age of consent …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • consenting adult — noun an adult who willingly agrees to engage in a sexual act …   English new terms dictionary

  • consenting adult — con|sent|ing a|dult [ kən,sentıŋ ə dʌlt ] noun count someone who is legally old enough and is willing to take part in an activity, especially a sexual activity …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • consenting adult — noun (C) law someone who is considered to be old enough to decide whether they want to have sex see also: age of consent …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • Consenting Adult Sex Bill — The Consenting Adult Sex Bill (Assembly Bill 489) is a consenting adult law, passed in California in 1975 and effective in January 1976, that repealed the sodomy law in California and made gay sex legal for the first time. George Moscone, an… …   Wikipedia

  • Consenting Adult Action Network — The Consenting Adult Action Network (CAAN) is a grassroots network of individuals in the United Kingdom that was formed in 2008 to protest and oppose laws restricting activities between consenting adults, most notably the criminalisation of… …   Wikipedia

  • consenting — [[t]kənse̱ntɪŋ[/t]] ADJ: ADJ n A consenting adult is a person who is considered to be old enough to make their own decisions about who they have sex with. What consenting adults do in private is their own business …   English dictionary

  • adult — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ young ▪ This book will definitely appeal to teenagers and young adults. ▪ single ▪ The number of single adult households has doubled in the past 30 years. ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • consenting — adj. Consenting is used with these nouns: ↑adult …   Collocations dictionary


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