carnal knowledge n: an act of esp. illegal sexual intercourse [whoever has carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will "District of Columbia Code Annotated "]
: the crime of committing such an act [was charged with carnal knowledge of a juvenile] see also rape NOTE: Carnal knowledge is sometimes an element of the statutory definition of rape in addition to being a separate offense.
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.