consent

verb
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

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 How to pronounce consentingly (audio) \ 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 Court documents show that the victims were incapable of consenting because of physical and mental disabilities. oregonlive, "Portland man arrested, charged with rape of 4 women," 5 Feb. 2020 Maddox initially consented to an interview with police but later called and directed authorities to his lawyer, the affidavit said. Marc Ramirez, Dallas News, "Smith County coach accused of improper relationship with high school student," 5 Feb. 2020 Suspicion: East Juniper Lane An officer checking on a suspicious vehicle with California license plates around 4 p.m. Jan. 23 reported back to dispatchers that the driver had consented to a search. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Several hours, seven speeding tickets at Bentleyville, Greentree roads: Moreland Hills Police Blotter," 30 Jan. 2020 Signs Americans are fed up with Russia, Russia, Russia as Democrats start to fear a major backlash in November and whether Trump can persuade Mueller to wind up his investigation by consenting to an interview. Fox News, "Did an administration infiltrate the opposition's campaign?," 26 May 2018 After consenting to a search of his phone, an arrest warrant states, Hall, 60, was eventually booked on 200 counts of pornography involving juveniles. Emily Lane, NOLA.com, "Officer spots child porn on man's cellphone in CBD lobby, he's charged with 200 counts: warrant," 13 Apr. 2018 In the past few years the town of Pedro Bay, which would have to consent to such a corridor, has decisively turned against the project, says Jerry Jacques, a bear-viewing company owner and bush pilot who was based in the town for many years. Acacia Johnson, National Geographic, "The risky plan to haul minerals from a mine in the Alaska wilderness," 14 Jan. 2020 The January 2019 ruling said the child, then 14 years old, had the authority to consent to receiving hormone treatment to transition from a girl to a boy, according to the Post Millennial. Tim Pearce, Washington Examiner, "Canadian court rules child can start hormone therapy without parental consent," 10 Jan. 2020 This means that individual participants need to consent to use of their data in a specific project or disease category. Keymanthri Moodley, Quartz Africa, "Africa’s genetic material is still being misused," 23 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The mother of 6-year-old Nadia King is considering a lawsuit after an elementary school’s child crisis provider invoked the state’s Baker Act, placing the girl at a behavioral health center for 48 hours without her mother’s consent. Jasmine Aguilera, Time, "After a 6-Year-Old Girl Acted ‘Out of Control’ in School, She Was Involuntarily Committed to a Mental Health Facility," 18 Feb. 2020 However, a follow-up with the landowner in El Paso County confirmed the suspects had been hunting on private land without landowner consent. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Houston duo with severed animal heads charged, and other interesting notes from Game Wardens," 17 Feb. 2020 But consent for the proposals was shot down, along with legislation to provide more election funding, after Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee opposed requests put forth by three Democratic senators, according to The Hill. Arluther Lee, ajc, "Senate Republicans just blocked 3 bills to boost election security," 13 Feb. 2020 The unit, called the Hearts & Science Mar-Tech Integrator Group, includes 27 marketing technology professionals with certifications in fields and technologies such as customer data platforms, consent management tools and mobile attribution. Sahil Patel, WSJ, "Omnicom’s Hearts & Science Expands Marketing Tech Consulting Group," 12 Feb. 2020 Some Philippine senators have said the government decision to terminate the treaty, which the Senate ratified, should have the chamber's consent. Jim Gomez, Anchorage Daily News, "Philippines notifies US of intent to end major security pact allowing US forces to train in the country," 11 Feb. 2020 Neither of the two engaging felt there was any consent involved. Elly Belle, refinery29.com, "Alleged Sarah Lawrence Cult Leader Larry Ray Was Charged With Sex Trafficking," 11 Feb. 2020 The acquisition has been subject to Cineworld and Cineplex shareholder approvals and regulatory consents. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, "Regal Theater Owner's Cineplex Buy Gets Shareholder Approval," 11 Feb. 2020 Illinois lawmakers passed the law in 2008 requiring companies to get consent before collecting biometric information and to create a policy specifying how that information will be retained and when it will be destroyed. Fox News, "Facebook settles in Illinois for $550M in rare privacy law," 10 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of consent was in the 13th century

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21 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Consent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/consent. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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consent

verb
How to pronounce consent (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of consent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal : 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)

somewhat formal
: 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 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.

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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