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 Lynch claimed his encounter with the second woman was consensual and denied kidnapping her, prosecutors said. Travis Andersen And, BostonGlobe.com, 23 Nov. 2022 That led the school system to open an investigation, interviewing both Doe and the male student, who maintained that the encounter was consensual. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2022 The company concluded that the relationship was consensual. James B. Stewart, New York Times, 19 Nov. 2022 Hammer has denied the allegations against him and maintained that his encounters with the women were consensual. Jessica Wang, EW.com, 16 Nov. 2022 Mueller said nobody would believe the acts described were consensual. Brian Melley, ajc, 16 Nov. 2022 Masterson has said his encounters with the women were consensual. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 13 Nov. 2022 Haggis has denied Breest’s allegation, claiming the encounter was consensual. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 7 Nov. 2022 Weinstein denies all the charges and has insisted his encounters with accusers were consensual. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, 24 Oct. 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 30 Nov. 2022.

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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