statutory offense


statutory offense
   American
   the rape of a female
   Legal jargon. A statutory rape is copulation with a female below an age chosen by law rather than by her physical development — see jail bait. Although over the centuries females, better fed and less worked, have tended to achieve sexual maturity at ever younger ages, the statutory age of consent has risen from 10 years in medieval times to 15 or 16 in most western countries today.

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  • statutory offense — n. A crime that is not inherently wrong, but that is illegal because it is prohibited by legislation. Some examples of regulatory offenses are exceeding the speed limit; public intoxication; and hunting, fishing, or driving without the… …   Law dictionary

  • statutory offense — statutory of fense noun count AMERICAN LEGAL a crime that breaks a law or STATUTE …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • statutory offense — noun crimes created by statutes and not by common law • Syn: ↑statutory offence, ↑regulatory offense, ↑regulatory offence • Hypernyms: ↑crime, ↑offense, ↑criminal offense, ↑criminal offence, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • statutory offense — stat′utory offense′ n. law a wrong punishable under a statute, rather than at common law. Also called statutory crime • Etymology: 1930–35 …   From formal English to slang

  • statutory offense — Law. a wrong punishable under a statute, rather than at common law. Also called statutory crime. [1930 35] * * * …   Universalium

  • statutory offense — crime according to the law …   English contemporary dictionary

  • statutory offence — noun crimes created by statutes and not by common law • Syn: ↑statutory offense, ↑regulatory offense, ↑regulatory offence • Hypernyms: ↑crime, ↑offense, ↑criminal offense, ↑criminal offence, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • statutory — Relating to a statute; created or defined by a statute; required by a statute; conforming to a statute @ statutory bond One that either literally or substantially meets requirements of statute. Southern Surety Co. v. United States Cast Iron Pipe… …   Black's law dictionary

  • statutory crime. — See statutory offense. * * * …   Universalium

  • statutory crime — noun : statutory offense …   Useful english dictionary


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