con·​sent | \ kən-ˈsent How to pronounce consent (audio) \
consented; consenting; consents

Definition of consent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to give assent or approval : agree consent to being tested She consented to our request.
2 archaic : to be in concord in opinion or sentiment



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

Other Words from consent


consenter noun
consentingly \ kən-​ˈsen-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce consent (audio) \ adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for consent


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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The second is that the Northern Ireland that exists is a strange, unfair, and largely dysfunctional place that works only when both its nationalist and unionist communities consent to the system governing it. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 6 May 2022 In its view, pushing a button manifests assent only if the user is explicitly advised that doing so manifests consent to the terms. Jack Greiner, The Enquirer, 3 May 2022 By encouraging website visitors to authenticate and consent to specific data collection, marketers create trust between brands and consumers. Gary Drenik, Forbes, 3 May 2022 The Phoenix emergency rental assistance program requires landlords to consent to not evict a renter for 30 days., 20 Apr. 2022 Once added to Wallet, simply tap your phone or watch at the airport's identity reader, then use Face ID or Touch ID to consent. Stephanie Mlot, PCMAG, 24 Mar. 2022 Literally me, if any of my friends would consent to matching outfits (and if any of us possessed one ounce of athletic prowess). Emma Specter, Vogue, 28 Jan. 2022 Vladimir Putin would either consent and facilitate distribution of supplies or provoke more denunciations of Russia for its inhumanity. Douglas J. Feith And John Hannah, WSJ, 14 Mar. 2022 People in custody cannot consent to romantic relationships with jailers due to the imbalance of power. oregonlive, 9 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Citing interviews and documents, Insider reports the flight attendant accused Musk of exposing himself and rubbing her leg without consent. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, 20 May 2022 While some people despise anyone who sends information without consent, others welcome an inbox full of opportunities. Solomon Thimothy, Forbes, 19 May 2022 The social network last year agreed to pay $650 million to end a class-action privacy lawsuit filed in 2015, which accused Facebook of collecting and storing biometric data without consent. Stephanie Mlot, PCMAG, 19 May 2022 Google and Safaricom won’t just let KRA access the emails, texts, and calls without consent. Faustine Ngila, Quartz, 12 May 2022 In Europe, calls for repatriation gained traction in 2018, after a report commissioned by French President Emmanuel Macron recommended the permanent return of works taken from African countries without consent. Peggy Mcglone, Washington Post, 12 May 2022 And in the documentary Our Father, nearly 100 people learn they were fathered by the same fertility doctor who, without consent, used his own sperm to impregnate patients. Ew Staff,, 11 May 2022 Like so many, it was taken without consent; Leigh is taking it back. Murray Whyte,, 21 Apr. 2022 Gooding admitted to kissing the woman, a waitress at the club, on her lips without consent. CNN, 13 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of consent


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for consent


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

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More Definitions for consent


con·​sent | \ kən-ˈsent How to pronounce consent (audio) \
consented; consenting

Kids Definition of consent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



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.



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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