carnal knowledge
car·nal knowledge /'kär-nəl-/ n: an act of esp. illegal sexual intercourse
whoever has carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her willDistrict of Columbia Code Annotated; also: the crime of committing such an act
was charged with carnal knowledge of a juvenile see also rape
◇ Carnal knowledge is sometimes an element of the statutory definition of rape in addition to being a separate offense.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

carnal knowledge
n.
Sexual intercourse; penetration of a female’s genitals by a male’s.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


carnal knowledge
illegal sexual intercourse. Originally used in English law and now found in the USA, the phrase sometimes denotes an offence in itself or may be part of a wider definition.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


carnal knowledge
Sexual intercourse between a male and female in which there is at least some slight penetration of the woman's vagina by the man's penis. Carnal knowledge is a necessary legal part of many sexual crimes.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


carnal knowledge
Copulation; the act of a man having sexual relations with a woman.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


carnal knowledge
Copulation; the act of a man having sexual relations with a woman.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

carnal knowledge
n.
   from Latin carnalis for "fleshly:" sexual intercourse between a male and female in which there is at least some slight penetration of the woman's vagina by the man's penis. It is legally significant in that it is a necessary legal characteristic or element of rape, child molestation, or consensual sexual relations with a female below the age of consent ("statutory rape"). Age of consent varies from 14 to 18, depending upon the state.
   See also: rape, statutory rape

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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