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 The agency can release minors alone to sponsors, as long as the parents consent to being separated. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Lawmakers urge ICE to release migrant families together following court order," 30 June 2020 Many of those arrested may have been too high or confused to consent to appearing. The Economist, "Watching the detectives Television has distorted Americans’ view of policing," 27 June 2020 Facts are fabricated as seen fit by the powers that be, and then consent for those facts is manufactured, enforced. Lauren Groff, The Atlantic, "The Dark Soul of the Sunshine State," 21 June 2020 Maritza said that for the first few days after being asked to consent to being separated from her son, the sound of children crying was inescapable in Dilley. Gaby Del Valle, The New Republic, "The Pandemic-Era Rebrand of Family Separation," 15 June 2020 The biggest mystery might be why this young couple would even consent to stay with such awful people for so long. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Elisabeth Moss gives a brilliantly subversive performance in Shirley," 7 June 2020 They are being used to screen Christus employees, including those who might have been exposed to the virus, as well as all consenting patients who are being hospitalized for elective procedures unrelated to COVID-19. Lauren Caruba, ExpressNews.com, "Coronavirus antibody tests have proliferated in San Antonio. Here’s the problem.," 17 May 2020 In this state any person can write, print, read, say, show, or sell anything to a consenting adult even though that expression may be generally or universally ‘obscene,’’’ Justice Robert C. Jones wrote in the court’s opinion. Katie Shepherd, BostonGlobe.com, "Last erotic theater closes in Portland, Ore., where ‘porn palaces’ once transformed city," 7 Mar. 2020 The most recent update (although subject to change within the coming hours) is that Barcelona and PSG are nearing an agreement over the transfer of Neymar, possibly to be consented to 'within 48 hours'. SI.com, "Neymar Cast Out From Paris Saint-Germain Training Until La Liga Transfer Rumours Resolved," 14 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For example, consent decrees and investigations of police departments accused of systemic abuse was a top priority during the Obama administration. Kristine Phillips, USA TODAY, "Career Justice Department attorneys to tell Congress leadership abused its power in Roger Stone case, other investigations," 24 June 2020 In its filing with the commission, the utilities argued the IURC doesn’t have the legal authority to make decisions about moratoriums or fee waivers without the utilities’ consent — cautioning the regulatory agency from extending beyond July 31. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, "As the moratorium on utility shutoffs comes to a close, what's next for consumers still uncertain," 24 June 2020 The complainant said that an unknown subject had entered his unsecured vehicle without consent. Houston Chronicle, "West University Place Police Department weekly report," 22 June 2020 Last year, the Modi government sold citizens' vehicular registration and driving license data to 87 private companies for 65 crore rupees (approximately $8.7 million) without citizens' consent. Priyali Sur, CNN, "Many Indian citizens believe their government is trying to steal and sell their data. Here's why," 21 June 2020 The Trump administration has curtailed consent decrees that established temporary federal oversight of troubled police departments in Baltimore, New Orleans, and other cities during the past quarter-century. Martin Kuz, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘It’s way past time to try something new’: The push to defund police," 19 June 2020 As our Declaration of Independence says, the government gets its power from the consent of the governed, and too many people had enough of sheltering in place. Kyle Whitmire, al, "Kay Ivey is not your Mee-Maw: What the governor needs to tell Alabama about COVID-19," 15 June 2020 True and lasting police reform will involve much more than legal consent decrees enforced by the U.S. Department of Justice. Phillip Morris, National Geographic, "To enact change in the world, we must protest," 6 June 2020 An officer cited the suspect for posting bills without on property without the consent of the owner, a minor misdemeanor. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, "Romantic gesture results in woman’s arrest: North Olmsted Police Blotter," 6 June 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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8 Jul 2020

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“Consent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/consent. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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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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