consensual

adjective
con·​sen·​su·​al | \ kən-ˈsen(t)-sh(ə-)wəl How to pronounce consensual (audio) , -shəl, -shü-əl\

Definition of consensual

1 : existing or made by mutual consent without an act of writing a consensual contract
2 : involving or based on mutual consent consensual acts

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consensually adverb

Examples of consensual in a Sentence

She claims their relationship was consensual.

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In the United States, women appear to be the leaders of the polyamory movement, and many therapists and other experts report women are often the ones making the suggestion to open up their marriages or explore consensual non-monogamy, experts say. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "The "Wonderful Weirdness" of Female Sexuality," 23 Oct. 2018 The Uber spokeswoman would not answer Ars’ question as to whether the company felt that non-consensual livestreaming was allowed. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Uber, Lyft driver booted after newspaper reveals he was livestreaming passengers," 22 July 2018 The founders wanted to ensure that laws would command broad consensual approval: two powerful houses of Congress and the president had to agree on them, the Supreme Court had to underwrite their constitutionality. The Economist, "America’s electoral system gives the Republicans advantages over Democrats," 12 July 2018 Krzanich was not accused of any non-consensual actions by Intel. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Intel CEO Resigns After 'Consensual Relationship' With Employee," 21 June 2018 The victim said part of the encounter was consensual but not all of it. Jenny Dial Creech, Houston Chronicle, "Texas A&M's handling of sexual assault case questioned," 13 June 2018 More red flags were raised when cops looked at texts between Perkins and her ex that looked consensual and amicable. Madeleine Marr, miamiherald, "She said her ex-boyfriend abducted her from Walmart. The story had holes, cops say | Miami Herald," 16 May 2018 Patience is wearing thin as after 30 years the Palestinians still cannot create transparent and consensual government. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "A Year of Achievement," 7 Feb. 2018 The key is to find a video where the slapping isn’t scary or seemingly non-consensual. Gigi Engle, SELF, "Face Slapping 101: What You Need to Know Before Slapping During Sex," 12 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of consensual

1754, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for consensual

Latin consensus + English -al

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consensual

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of consensual

: agreed to by the people involved : done with the consent of the people involved

consensual

adjective
con·​sen·​su·​al | \ kən-ˈsench-(ə-)wəl, -ˈsen-chəl How to pronounce consensual (audio) \

Medical Definition of consensual

1 : existing or made by mutual consent consensual sexual behavior
2 : relating to or being the constrictive pupillary response of an eye that is covered when the other eye is exposed to light

Other Words from consensual

consensually \ -​ē How to pronounce consensually (audio) \ adverb

consensual

adjective
con·​sen·​su·​al | \ kən-ˈsen-chə-wəl How to pronounce consensual (audio) \

Legal Definition of consensual

1 : existing or made by mutual consent without any further act (as a writing)
2 : involving or based on mutual consent consensual sexual intercourse

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