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 Heather Hafer, a spokesperson for Portland’s office of management and finance, said that Airbnb must delist any existing hosts that don’t consent to share their data with the city by Jan. 1. oregonlive, "Airbnb launching new registration system to help Portland keep track of rental hosts," 31 Oct. 2019 Morgan McMullenGetty Images Afghanistan Afghanistan passed a new penal code in 2018 criminalizing virginity testing, though the exams were still deemed legal when ordered by a court or when a woman consented. Sophia Jones, Marie Claire, "Virginity Testing: A Global Crisis," 30 Oct. 2019 In 2002, the two countries struck an agreement in which Cambodia consented to taking in a limited number of deportees. NBC News, "Former Vietnam War refugee faces deportation to country he's never visited," 29 Oct. 2019 Parents, relieved that their son or daughter has finally consented to treatment, are eager to go along. Christine Vestal, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland woman working to expose opioid treatment scam," 14 Oct. 2019 And in 1989, researchers from Arizona State University collected DNA samples from the Havasupai Tribe and reused the data for research to which the participants hadn’t consented: on schizophrenia, inbreeding, and migration history. Adrian Pecotic, Quartz, "The thorny ethics of collecting genetic data from indigenous people," 9 Oct. 2019 Although the Martins claimed that the videos were staged and that their children consented to playing their roles, authorities eventually intervened. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "Instagram, Facebook, and the Perils of “Sharenting”," 11 Sep. 2019 Could a prosecutor subpoena a brain scan that a suspect consented to in the past as a research volunteer? Wired, "Why We Need Guidelines for Brain Scan Data," 17 Sep. 2019 Dejan Lovren has reportedly accepted a contract offer worth almost €3m-a-year from Serie A giants Roma, meaning the transfer now only hinges on Liverpool consenting in the defender's exit and agreeing a fee. SI.com, "Dejan Lovren Agrees Contract Terms With Roma Amid Liverpool Exit Talk," 13 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Several female patients are accusing a Virginia OB/GYN doctor of performing irreversible surgeries on them without their consent. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "Virginia Doctor Accused of Performing Hysterectomies Without Patients' Consent," 11 Nov. 2019 The situation looked bleaker in 1945, at least from the perspective of those who thought Britain’s destiny entailed ruling over people across the world without their consent. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "From Little Englanders to Brexiteers," 11 Nov. 2019 Part of it, as well, could involve the authors’ choice to include minor offenses (for one, Trump kissing the NBC reporter Katy Tur on her cheek, without her consent) under the umbrella of much more egregious allegations. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "The Perverse Physics of Accusing Trump of Assault," 7 Nov. 2019 Sovereign immunity is the doctrine that the U.S. government or those acting on its behalf may not be sued without its consent. Fox News, "Covington Catholic students' defamation suit against Warren is dismissed," 6 Nov. 2019 The throttling settlement comes five years after AT&T agreed to pay $80 million in a case where customers had extra charges added to their bill for text messaging with their consent. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, "AT&T "baited" customers with unlimited data plans, FTC says," 5 Nov. 2019 Hill says her husband, without her consent, released explicit images of her that have been published on conservative and British news sites. Lisa Bonos, Washington Post, "Think divorce is miserable? Try getting one while serving in Congress.," 1 Nov. 2019 Within the past week, multiple nude photos of her were published online, without her consent. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "Katie Hill’s Resignation Speech Is Required Reading," 31 Oct. 2019 It is often forced on girls without their consent by parents or guardians, or on young women before they get married. Sophia Jones, Marie Claire, "So What, Exactly, Is the Hymen, and What Does It Do?," 30 Oct. 2019

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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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14 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Consent.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/consented. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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More Definitions for consent

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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