consent

verb
con·sent | \ kən-ˈsent \
consented; consenting; consents

Definition of consent 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to give assent or approval : agree consent to being tested Her father consented to the marriage.

2 archaic : to be in concord in opinion or sentiment

consent

noun

Definition of consent (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : compliance in or approval of what is done or proposed by another : acquiescence he shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treatiesU.S. Constitution

2 : agreement as to action or opinion specifically : voluntary agreement by a people to organize a civil society and give authority to the government

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Other words from consent

Verb

consenter noun
consentingly \kən-ˈsen-tiŋ-lē \ adverb

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Verb

assent, consent, accede, acquiesce, agree, subscribe mean to concur with what has been proposed. assent implies an act involving the understanding or judgment and applies to propositions or opinions. voters assented to the proposal consent involves the will or feelings and indicates compliance with what is requested or desired. consented to their daughter's going accede implies a yielding, often under pressure, of assent or consent. officials acceded to the prisoners' demands acquiesce implies tacit acceptance or forbearance of opposition. acquiesced to his boss's wishes agree sometimes implies previous difference of opinion or attempts at persuasion. finally agreed to come along subscribe implies not only consent or assent but hearty approval and active support. subscribes wholeheartedly to the idea

Examples of consent in a Sentence

Verb

He was reluctant at first but finally consented. refused to consent to the marriage

Noun

He did not give his consent for the use of his name in the advertisement. No one may use the vehicle without the consent of the owner.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Before consenting to an X-ray, the woman asked to use the restroom, where she was then heard throwing up. Monique O. Madan, miamiherald, "A jewel thief swallowed the evidence. Now he's not going anywhere until he poops, cops say," 30 June 2018 Leon Fresco, who served as deputy assistant attorney general for the Office of Immigration Litigation in the Obama administration, said officials had always had the ability to hold kids with families past 20 days - if the parents consented to it. Devlin Barrett, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump administration may seek to detain migrant families longer than previously allowed," 30 June 2018 The issue here is that the people whose data is being bought may not have consented to being exploited in this way. David Meyer, Fortune, "Facebook Is Getting Its First Big Fine Over the Cambridge Analytica Scandal," 11 July 2018 Consumer groups note that if the rules change, robocallers could call wrong numbers with impunity, as long as someone who once had that phone number consented to receive robocalls. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Could a tsunami of robocalls be heading to our cell phones?," 5 July 2018 In May, the EU began enforcing a strict new privacy law, which could end up challenging whether people freely consent to tech companies collecting their personal information. Sam Schechner, WSJ, "Tech Companies Win Reprieve as EU Parliament Delays Copyright Law," 5 July 2018 Of the 502,641 participants who consented with baseline data, 498,134 (aged 38-73) with complete data on coffee intake and smoking status (and those who weren’t pregnant) were included in the study. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "Drink a lot of coffee? You’re more likely to live longer, study finds," 4 July 2018 The documents indicated the patients had consented to being dropped off at locations such as the Union Rescue Mission homeless shelter. Alejandra Reyes-velarde, latimes.com, "Silver Lake Medical Center to pay $550,000 settlement in patient-dumping case, L.A. officials say," 2 July 2018 The driver, Marsha Young, 44, consented to a search of the car and police found the cash and a 7-gallon bucket in the back seat with bags of marijuana in it. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Enfield Police Find More Than 2 1/2 Pounds Of Pot In Car, Arrest 11 In One Day," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The central issue is consent: Who gives it, and who is able to give it. Mckenna Moore, Fortune, "This New Wearable Tech Is Designed to Make College Dating Safer," 22 June 2018 The breach allowed third-party apps to inappropriately access personal information of around 146 million users, some who did not give consent. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "Why You’re Suddenly Getting Private Policy Emails From Sites You Haven’t Visited in Years," 25 May 2018 His team pulled those contacts from electronic health records of patients who had given consent to use their information in research. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, "Family trees hidden in medical records could predict your disease risk," 17 May 2018 The driver gave consent for police to search the vehicle. Staff Report, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora man convicted on gun charge," 16 May 2018 In 2015, Hillman ruled that state law allows county jails to strip-search a person arrested for a minor offense only when there is a reason to suspect that a weapon, drugs, or contraband is being concealed, or when there is consent. Jan Hefler, Philly.com, "Some 14,000 inmates were illegally strip-searched in Burlington County. Their court case settles for $2.4 million," 12 Apr. 2018 Without my knowledge or consent, other passengers photographed me and recorded my conversation with a seatmate. Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic, "Unidentified Plane Bae Woman's Statement Confirms the Worst," 13 July 2018 The bank acknowledged those actions, which occurred from 2008 through 2013, in a consent order filed Wednesday. Paul Kane, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Key financial panels on Capitol Hill may have new leaders come November," 21 June 2018 The cleanup was conducted under a consent order between the EPA and BNSF, the EPA said. Mary Wisniewski, chicagotribune.com, "So, what exactly happened to Mayor Emanuel's plan for Pilsen, Little Village bike and pedestrian trail?," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of consent

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for consent

Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French consentir, from Latin consentire, from com- + sentire to feel — more at sense

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consent

verb

English Language Learners Definition of consent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to agree to do or allow something : to give permission for something to happen or be done

consent

noun

English Language Learners Definition of consent (Entry 2 of 2)

: permission for something to happen or be done

: agreement about an opinion or about something that will happen or be done

consent

verb
con·sent | \ kən-ˈsent \
consented; consenting

Kids Definition of consent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to express willingness or approval : agree The mayor consented to speak at our banquet.

consent

noun

Kids Definition of consent (Entry 2 of 2)

: approval of or agreement with what is done or suggested by another person You must have a parent's consent to go on the trip.

consent

noun
con·sent

Legal Definition of consent 

1a : compliance in or approval of what is done or proposed by another specifically : the voluntary agreement or acquiescence by a person of age or with requisite mental capacity who is not under duress or coercion and usually who has knowledge or understanding — see also age of consent, informed consent, rape, statutory rape

b : a defense claiming that the victim consented to an alleged crime (as rape)

2 : agreement as to action or opinion shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treatiesU.S. Constitution art. II a contract is formed by the consent of the partiesLouisiana Civil Code specifically : voluntary agreement by a people to organize a civil society and give authority to a government

Other words from consent

consent intransitive verb
consenter noun

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