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 consent (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 By now, for example, stories about college campus rape have firmly established that some men assault women who are too drunk to consent. Emma Brown, Washington Post, "We can’t solve the problem of violence against girls and women without also addressing violence against men and boys.," 22 Feb. 2021 Tyler did not consent to having his friend touch him in such a personal (and surprise) manner. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Sorry To Burst Your Bubble — That “Fun” Bachelor Prank Was Actually Pretty Gross," 9 Feb. 2021 Under state law, the oldest cities in the county, including St. Paul, would need to consent to the county activating its HRA levy within city limits. Shannon Prather, Star Tribune, "Ramsey County to invest $9 million in affordable housing in 2021," 27 Dec. 2020 Each resident will also have to consent to receive the vaccine. Youssef Rddad, NOLA.com, "Coronavirus vaccine's arrival in Louisiana nursing homes marks end of dark period: 'We're hopeful'," 26 Dec. 2020 But don’t take my word for it: This is the ruling of England’s High Court, which, earlier this month, decreed that children are unable to consent to transgender medical interventions. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "A Landmark Lawsuit for Gender-Confused Minors," 15 Dec. 2020 School officials, meanwhile, were urging parents to consent before Monday, via their students’ myDSD accounts online. The Salt Lake Tribune, "As its COVID cases climb, Syracuse High School to try rapid testing in hopes of avoiding closure," 5 Dec. 2020 Similarly, a strong Republican presence in the Senate, which possesses the constitutional authority to advise and consent on executive appointments, creates an incentive for Biden to house authority in the West Wing rather than in the Cabinet. Jay Cost, Washington Examiner, "Biden's Kitchen Cabinet," 31 Dec. 2020 Anyone who receives benefits through your Social Security application, such as a spouse, must consent in writing to the do-over, the Social Security Administration says. Aimee Picchi, USA TODAY, "Took Social Security early during the pandemic and regretting it? You could get a do-over," 29 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Gay’s work as an award-winning author, editor, and essayist has addressed a number of critical issues including the need for affirmative consent, body shaming, the intense dangers of a divisive political climate and more. Keyaira Boone, Essence, "Roxane Gay To Teach MasterClass On Writing For Social Change," 18 Feb. 2021 In a Senate that often needs to run on unanimous consent, this was not an empty threat. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "The Botched Democratic Effort to Convict Donald Trump," 13 Feb. 2021 With consent, the system can also send names of newly eligible individuals to nearby vaccination sites that will then offer to schedule an appointment, Kelly said. Glenn Howatt, Star Tribune, "Osterholm recommends delaying second COVID-19 dose to get more vaccinated," 3 Feb. 2021 Dark, disturbing but triumphantly wrought, this miniseries examines consent, love and commitment with a nuance lacking not only in other TV and films, but in many real-life situations. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "The 15 best TV shows of 2020: From ‘Queen’s Gambit’ to ‘Schitt’s Creek’ to ‘The Great’," 29 Dec. 2020 In a letter to Democratic colleagues, Pelosi challenged House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) to agree to her request for unanimous consent for a bill to provide the larger checks. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, "Trump gives Congress chaos for Christmas, with aid to millions up in the air," 23 Dec. 2020 Those projects were, after all, pop culture’s first steps into a new era’s debate around consent, harassment and agency. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Pop Culture Reckoned With #MeToo in Radical New Ways in 2020—Even as It Receded From Headlines," 22 Dec. 2020 What sounds like a show with the grimmest of starting points takes off to explore the trauma of rape, the concept of consent, revenge and friendship. oregonlive, "Top 10 TV shows for 2020," 17 Dec. 2020 And without landlords’ consent, tenants couldn’t get the aid. Conor Dougherty, New York Times, "Use It or Lose It: Tenant Aid Effort Nears a Federal Cutoff," 15 Dec. 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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27 Feb 2021

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“Consent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/consent. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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consent

verb

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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