Meaning of “consenting adult” in the English Dictionary

british dictionary

"consenting adult" in British English

See all translations

consenting adultnoun [ C ]

uk /kənˌsen.tɪŋ ˈæd.ʌlt/ us /kənˌsen.tɪŋ ˈæd.ʌlt/ formal

a person who is considered old enough, and therefore responsible enough, to decide if they want sex and who they want to have sex with

(Definition of “consenting adult” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)