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

Senator [Mitch] McConnell would tell anyone who listened that the Senate had the right to advise and consent. Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, "For the record: Supreme Court nominees considered in ‘election years’," 27 June 2018 Riders also must consent to a safety agreement and view an in-app tutorial before riding off on the scooters. Jerod Macdonald-evoy, azcentral, "Scottsdale puts the brakes on scooter sharing, Tempe gives it a try," 12 May 2018 Every government must consent to the budget, a rule that creates incentives for deals that may sand away the proposal’s harder edges. The Economist, "The EU’s budget is being dragged into the 21st century," 5 May 2018 Families must consent to the procedure, often while freshly grieving their loved one’s death. Scientific American, "“Rapid Autopsy” Programs Seek Clues to Cancer Within Hours of Death," 27 Apr. 2018 Potential volunteers must consent to a criminal record and Central Registry check. Melissa Reinert, Cincinnati.com, "Citizen Foster Care Review volunteer: 'Anyone can change the direction of a child's life'," 20 Apr. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That deadline allows teams to unilaterally rescind a qualifying offer as opposed to needing a player's consent after it. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks rescind qualifying offer; Jabari Parker joins Chicago Bulls," 14 July 2018 Council approved on consent Thursday morning adding several modern gun safety regulations to that agenda. Kaila Contreras, Houston Chronicle, "Humble approves Safe Clear towing program at Thursday’s council meeting," 13 July 2018 The merger agreement prohibits Andeavor from major undertakings — like moving a terminal — without Marathon's consent, Hupp said. Sven Berg, idahostatesman, "A 60-year-old fuel terminal could leave Boise’s Bench. Here’s what could replace it.," 11 July 2018 Facebook gave generous user data access to third-party app developers for years, which created a situation in which tens of millions of people had their personal information packaged and sold to a data mining firm without proper consent. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Google tries to calm controversy over app developers having access to your Gmail," 3 July 2018 Regardless of the test used, issues of privacy and consent need to be taken into account, experts say. Karen Weintraub, Scientific American, "Genetic Testing to Reunite Immigrant Families Raises Issues of Privacy and Consent," 26 June 2018 A few years back, actress Halle Berry sued former boyfriend Gabriel Aubrey for straightening and adding highlights to the couple's then six-year-old daughter Nahla’s head of curls without Berry’s consent. Vogue, "Kim Kardashian West Sparks Controversy By Straightening North West's Hair," 15 June 2018 Teenagers are taught that the law allows them to access birth control with or without their parents' consent. Molly Harbarger, OregonLive.com, "Multnomah County sues Trump administration over change to abstinence-only sex ed funding," 8 June 2018 The narcotics investigators asked for, and were granted, consent to search the apartment. Carol Robinson, AL.com, "Birmingham man jailed on heroin, cocaine trafficking charges," 27 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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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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