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 His attorneys have argued that his relationships were consensual. Sonia Moghe, CNN, 21 Aug. 2021 Bauer’s attorney said various text and social media messages show the encounters were consensual. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 20 Aug. 2021 Through his attorney, Watson has claimed all activities during his massage sessions were consensual. Matt Young, Chron, 18 Aug. 2021 Bauer's representatives have repeatedly said everything that happened between him and the woman was consensual. Andrew Dalton, ajc, 17 Aug. 2021 Bauer’s representatives have denied the allegations and said his relations with the woman were consensual. Editors, USA TODAY, 16 Aug. 2021 Liu maintained the interaction was consensual and prosecutors decided there was insufficient evidence to charge him. Jane Li, Quartz, 9 Aug. 2021 Fairfax has adamantly denied the women's allegations and has said both encounters were entirely consensual. Denise Lavoie, ajc, 23 June 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,, 15 Aug. 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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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 consensual (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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