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 Simpler in implication, if not technique, is Jon-Joseph Russo’s sculpture of Jupiter and Io, a consensual lover transmuted into a heifer. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: Exhibit upends male-centric myths, legends and folklore," 16 Oct. 2020 Past local collaborations with federal law enforcement have been voluntary and consensual, the suit notes. oregonlive, "Portland, Oakland sue Homeland Security, Justice Department alleging unconstitutional federal overreach," 15 Oct. 2020 For instance, companies moving toward remote work may need to shift away from being quite so collaborative or consensual, and instead embrace a work culture that is more individualistic and entrepreneurial. Alexandra Samuel, WSJ, "Remote Work: How to Build and Maintain an Office Culture Without an Office," 24 Sep. 2020 The relationship was consensual but, unfortunately, Steve had forgotten to run his plan d’amour by, and get permission from, his human resources department before steaming ahead. Henning Schroeder, Star Tribune, "The American way of privacy is ... 'exceptional'," 22 Sep. 2020 LA Fitness aims to reach a consensual deal and isn’t contemplating filing for bankruptcy at this time, Wilson said, reiterating earlier statements to Bloomberg. Katherine Doherty,, "LA Fitness Taps Lawyers Ahead of Debt Negotiations," 22 Sep. 2020 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

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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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21 Oct 2020

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“Consensual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 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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