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

Perry Ellis’s largest inbound licensor was unwilling to consent to the deal, the special committee said Tuesday in a news release, without identifying the company. Kimberly Chin, WSJ, "Perry Ellis Ends Takeover Talks with Randa," 14 Aug. 2018 Privacy activists have accused the companies of forcing people to consent to having their data exploited in order to use Android, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. Alan Murray, Fortune, "North Korea, GDPR Day, Xiaomi IPO: CEO Daily for May 25, 2018," 25 May 2018 Schrems is arguing that Facebook cannot require European users to consent to Facebook’s data practices as a condition of doing business with Facebook. Henry Farrell And Abraham Newman, Washington Post, "Here’s how Europe’s GDPR may take down Facebook," 25 May 2018 Some were skeptical that Ms. Lee, who had abandoned the novel in the mid 1950s, was healthy enough to consent to its publication. New York Times, "Broadway ‘Mockingbird’ Is Back on Track, as Court Dispute Ends," 10 May 2018 The doctors pushed them to consent to a surgery to remove them, essentially a hysterectomy. Asher Fogle, Good Housekeeping, "Falling in Between: Inside the Lives of Intersex Women," 21 Oct. 2016 Users needed to consent to their data being shared, for example. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "The Man Who Saw the Dangers of Cambridge Analytica Years Ago," 19 June 2018 The practice of intersex genital mutilation, or the practice of performing surgery on young intersex people claiming medical necessity, is an all too common practice that often happens when someone is too young to consent to surgery. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "California Resolution Urges Doctors to Delay Surgery on Intersex Youth," 12 June 2018 Granted, just four of the nine SCOTUS justices would have to consent for the case to be accepted under court rules. Washington Post, "The Health 202: Three reasons Obamacare might not get another big SCOTUS moment," 12 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And in the middle of America’s current cultural crisis over rape and consent, the humor may not play at all. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "The new horror film canon (and where to stream it)," 1 Nov. 2018 One of those open cases involves charges of driving a vehicle without the owner's consent, a felony, and resisting an officer, according to online court records. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ejected strip-club patron accused of throwing brick through glass in door in West Allis," 13 July 2018 Residents under age 18 require consent from a parent. Quoron Walker, Courant Community, "Outdoor Fun Planned For Trails Day Weekend," 21 May 2018 According to the Liverpool Echo, Salah and Ramy Abbas, who is both his lawyer and his agent, are furious that the Liverpool man's image is prominently displayed - without his consent - on the Egypt national team's official plane. SI.com, "Mohamed Salah's Agent Claims Egypt Star Could Boycott World Cup Over 'Image Rights' Row," 30 Apr. 2018 Children lack the choice or capacity to give their full consent. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Child marriage sparks outcry, investigation in Malaysia," 2 July 2018 Previously, most adoptees would not be able to see those records unless the birth parent had given consent for that information to be released. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Gas tax hike, sex ed and eyeball tattooing: here are the new laws taking effect July 1," 29 June 2018 The Senate is also expected to give the bill its unanimous consent, likely in coming days. Michelle Hackman, WSJ, "Vocational Programs Get Boost From Congress," 27 June 2018 Clearly, during the ceremony, June cannot give her consent. refinery29.com, "The Handmaid's Tale Season 2, Episode 6 Recap: They Went There," 23 May 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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More Definitions for consent

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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