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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Other Words from consensual

consensually adverb

Examples of consensual in a Sentence

She claims their relationship was consensual.
Recent Examples on the Web Callen adamantly denied all of the women’s stories and stressed that his encounter with Fiore Tigerman had been consensual. Amy Kaufman,, "Comedian Bryan Callen sues husband of woman who claims the comedian raped her," 24 Sep. 2020 In the 1960s and 1970s, Mexican women in Los Angeles were deceived into having non-consensual sterilizations in order to receive medical care or have their babies delivered. Photo: Erik Mcgregor/lightrocket/getty Images.,, "It’s Not Just Hysterectomies: The U.S. Has A Long, Shameful History Of Forced Sterilizations," 18 Sep. 2020 In a statement to USA TODAY at the time, D'Elia responded to the accusations, saying that all of his relationships have been legal and consensual. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "Chris D'Elia accused of exposing himself to two women; comedian denies allegations," 4 Sep. 2020 McDonald's cut ties with former CEO Easterbrook last year for engaging in a consensual relationship with an employee. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, "Dozens of Black former franchisees sue McDonald's over alleged discrimination," 1 Sep. 2020 Morse, who is unmarried and gay, disclosed consensual relationships with students, though none under his instruction, and apologized for making anyone feel uneasy. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Top House Democrat Richard Neal bests Massachusetts primary challenger Alex Morse," 1 Sep. 2020 So, yes, by all means chortle and smirk online at the consensual private trespasses of Jerry Falwell Jr., yet another great Protestant hypocrite laid low. Chris Lehmann, The New Republic, "Jerry Falwell Jr.’s Filthy, Predatory Finances," 25 Aug. 2020 Prosecutors argued in the trial that the man deliberately strangled Millane to death, while defense lawyers claimed the death was accidental after the pair engaged in consensual erotic choking that went too far. Nick Perry, Star Tribune, "New Zealand man appeals guilt in British backpacker slaying," 5 Aug. 2020 The maneuver, which is included in the agency’s training materials, is a way to break off an initial traffic stop and attempt to reengage the driver in what would then be a consensual encounter. Roxana Hegeman, The Denver Post, "Kansas Highway Patrol targets out-of-state drivers — especially those traveling from Colorado, lawsuit alleges," 30 Jan. 2020

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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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27 Sep 2020

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“Consensual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of consensual

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


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


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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