consensual

adjective

con·​sen·​su·​al kən-ˈsen(t)-sh(ə-)wəl How to pronounce consensual (audio)
-shəl,
-shü-əl
1
: existing or made by mutual consent without an act of writing
a consensual contract
2
: involving or based on mutual consent
consensual acts
consensually adverb

Example Sentences

She claims their relationship was consensual.
Recent Examples on the Web No, the search was consensual, expected and coordinated between both parties. Josh Meyer, USA TODAY, 22 Jan. 2023 Bauer contended his actions, which included beating the woman, were consensual, which the woman denied. Peter Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, 14 Jan. 2023 Matt Araiza’s response to the woman’s civil suit in San Diego Superior Court alleges that her accusations are false and that any contact between them was consensual. San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Jan. 2023 The company ousted him for having a consensual relationship with a subordinate but did not say so in his separation agreement. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 10 Jan. 2023 Udoka led the Celtics to the NBA Finals in his first season but was suspended for inappropriate behavior during a consensual relationship with a team employee. Gary Washburn, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Jan. 2023 Tate and the woman both said the actions were consensual. Ethan Shanfeld, Variety, 29 Dec. 2022 Bauer, who hasn't played since the allegations surfaced and MLB began investigating, repeatedly has said that everything that happened between him and the woman was consensual. CBS News, 22 Dec. 2022 Bauer, who hasn’t played since the allegations surfaced and MLB began investigating, repeatedly has said that everything that happened between him and the woman was consensual. Dallas News, 22 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Latin consensus + English -al

First Known Use

1754, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of consensual was in 1754

Dictionary Entries Near consensual

Cite this Entry

“Consensual.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/consensual. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

consensual

adjective
con·​sen·​su·​al kən-ˈsench-(ə-)wəl How to pronounce consensual (audio)
-ˈsen-shəl
: involving, made by, or based on shared agreement
a consensual contract

Medical Definition

consensual

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

Legal Definition

consensual

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