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

Other Words from consensual

consensually adverb

Examples of consensual in a Sentence

She claims their relationship was consensual.
Recent Examples on the Web In response to the women alleging rape and assault to The Hollywood Reporter, Noth said the instances were consensual. Elizabeth Wagmeister, Variety, 23 Dec. 2021 Soon, people are being burned alive, ripping out their own eyeballs, and having non-consensual lobotomies as a result of Lisa’s desire for vengeance. Shannon Carlin, refinery29.com, 15 Aug. 2021 The film is known for its infamous rape scene, which Bertolucci admitted decades later was not consensual. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 29 Nov. 2021 Aldrich told investigators the encounter was consensual. Jay Cohen, ajc, 6 Nov. 2021 Aldrich told investigators the encounter was consensual. BostonGlobe.com, 6 Nov. 2021 Aldrich told independent investigators that the encounter was consensual. Phil Thompson, chicagotribune.com, 3 Nov. 2021 Aldrich told investigators the encounter was consensual. Jay Cohen And Stephen Whyno, sun-sentinel.com, 27 Oct. 2021 Aldrich told investigators the encounter was consensual. San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Oct. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/consensual. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for consensual

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 consensual (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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