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verb con·sent \kən-ˈsent\

Simple Definition of consent

  • : to agree to do or allow something : to give permission for something to happen or be done

Full Definition of consent

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give assent or approval :  agree <consent to being tested>

  3. 2 archaic :  to be in concord in opinion or sentiment

con·sent·er noun
con·sent·ing·ly play \-ˈsen-tiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of consent

  1. He was reluctant at first but finally consented.

  2. <refused to consent to the marriage>

Origin of consent

Middle English, from Anglo-French consentir, from Latin consentire, from com- + sentire to feel — more at sense

First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of consent

assent, consent, accede, acquiesce, agree, subscribe mean to concur with what has been proposed. assent implies an act involving the understanding or judgment and applies to propositions or opinions <voters assented to the proposal>. consent involves the will or feelings and indicates compliance with what is requested or desired <consented to their daughter's going>. accede implies a yielding, often under pressure, of assent or consent <officials acceded to the prisoners' demands>. acquiesce implies tacit acceptance or forbearance of opposition <acquiesced to his boss's wishes>. agree sometimes implies previous difference of opinion or attempts at persuasion <finally agreed to come along>. subscribe implies not only consent or assent but hearty approval and active support <subscribes wholeheartedly to the idea>.



noun con·sent

Simple Definition of consent

  • : permission for something to happen or be done

  • : agreement about an opinion or about something that will happen or be done

Full Definition of consent

  1. 1 :  compliance in or approval of what is done or proposed by another :  acquiescence <he shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties — United States Constitution>

  2. 2 :  agreement as to action or opinion; specifically :  voluntary agreement by a people to organize a civil society and give authority to the government

Examples of consent

  1. He did not give his consent for the use of his name in the advertisement.

  2. No one may use the vehicle without the consent of the owner.

14th Century

First Known Use of consent

14th century

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