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 Dulaney confirmed that the district’s review, so far, has found that the seven boys in the background of the photo were not aware of what the caption would be and did not consent to participating. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 Apr. 2021 But those free tickets come with a catch: All attendees must consent to participate in a research program sponsored by the U.K. government. Paul Grein, Billboard, 21 Apr. 2021 As in the United States, applicants in France must consent to background checks. New York Times, 7 Apr. 2021 The bill also would require police to make clear that people do not have to consent to a search during a stop. oregonlive, 30 Apr. 2021 One of Prince’s sibings petitioned a court to appoint the bank Bremer Trust as executor and was able to persuade the others to consent. Bob Carlson, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 Families and staff have to consent to testing to return to in-person learning. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, 20 Mar. 2021 Congress is focusing on the right of individuals to consent for their personal data to be gathered and sold. Nihal Krishan, Washington Examiner, 14 Apr. 2021 In line with the show’s story-centric programming, the producers have asked each nominee to consent to a brief interview telling the story of their path to the Oscars. Sonaiya Kelley, Los Angeles Times, 18 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The move to first-party data affords brands and retailers a chance to connect with customers on their own terms, with their consent, while at the same time emboldening publishers who have been at the forefront of first-party data for years. Jonathan Treiber, Forbes, 21 May 2021 One patient had her fallopian tubes removed without her consent, resulting in being unable to conceive naturally. Gabriela Miranda, USA TODAY, 19 May 2021 He was arrested and charged with simple assault for allegedly massaging someone’s foot without their consent at a gym in Warwick in April. BostonGlobe.com, 19 May 2021 ProPublica is gathering this information for our reporting and will not publish any of your responses without your consent. ProPublica, 9 May 2021 These 10 Latinas, who’d been sterilized without their consent, risked stigma, shame, and violence to come forward and testify. Cristina Escobar, refinery29.com, 30 Apr. 2021 Allow Tracking Tap this option and your data flows like the Mississippi—at least among the apps that get your consent. Joanna Stern, WSJ, 26 Apr. 2021 Patients transferred from overrun intensive care units to sites hundreds of miles away, sometimes without their consent. Washington Post, 25 Apr. 2021 The film focused on Scott Breitenstein, a former plumber who ran sites hosting nude photos of people posted without their consent. New York Times, 24 Apr. 2021

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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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Time Traveler for consent

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

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3 Jun 2021

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“Consent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/consent. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for consent

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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