carnal knowledge

carnal knowledge (uncountable)

  1. (archaic, chiefly, legal) Sexual intercourse.
    • 1836, Michael Ryan (M.D.), A Manual of Medical Jurisprudence, page 309 ↗:
      The legal definition of rape, is the carnal knowledge of a woman by force, and against her will. The carnal knowledge of a child, under ten years of age, with or without her consent, is considered rape.
  • Italian: rapporto carnale

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