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 The bill also would require police to make clear that people do not have to consent to a search during a stop. oregonlive, "Black lawmakers push for bill to limit arrests, traffic stops in Oregon," 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, "Prince’s Estate Has Valuable Estate Planning Lessons For Us," 28 Apr. 2021 Families and staff have to consent to testing to return to in-person learning. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, "Schools already COVID testing students and staff say it's crucial to in-person class: 'It's worth it'," 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, "Ireland to investigate Facebook following massive data leak," 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, "The Oscars reveal 2021 show details. Social distance? Yes. Zoom? No," 18 Mar. 2021 The victim was unable to consent due to his intoxicated state, documents say. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, "Ex-Loveland officer charged with rape turns himself in, officials say," 5 Mar. 2021 Native Americans see her nomination as the best chance to move from consultation on tribal issues to consent and to put more land into the hands of tribal nations either outright or through stewardship agreements. Matthew Daly, Star Tribune, "Interior nominee Haaland questioned on drilling, pipelines," 23 Feb. 2021 Native Americans see Haaland’s nomination as the best chance to move from consultation on tribal issues to consent and to put more land into the hands of tribal nations either outright or through stewardship agreements. Matthew Daly, Anchorage Daily News, "Interior secretary nominee Deb Haaland tells Senate hearing she’ll balance energy and climate concerns," 23 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As far as the Constitution is concerned, any area can become a state as long as two conditions are met: Congress must approve the request, and if the new state will be carved from one that already exists, that state must give its consent. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "D.C. Statehood: What the Constitution Says," 7 May 2021 Police later walked through his apartment with his consent and noted that his bathtub matched the one in the photo, the charging document said. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Man arrested in connection to death of Eagle River woman was recorded on video carrying her body, charges say," 6 May 2021 The Tooele County Health Department mounted an information campaign to convince parents to give their consent to get the students vaccinated, Bate said. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, "More than 100K Utahns ages 16 and 17 are eligible for COVID-19 vaccine. Clinics are going to high schools to get it to them.," 29 Apr. 2021 As she was handcuffed on the side of the road, the officers searched her vehicle and purse without her consent, a warrant, or probable cause which violated Bottom's Fourth Amendment rights, the lawsuit says. Artemis Moshtaghian, CNN, "A Black woman was grabbed by her hair and pulled out of an SUV during a traffic stop in North Carolina, lawsuit says," 28 Apr. 2021 Under federal statutes, consumers who take products authorized under emergency use must be able to give their consent and can’t be forced to participate, Noah said. BostonGlobe.com, "Colleges are starting to require student vaccinations," 19 Apr. 2021 In 2003, the East Bay Express gathered the signatures needed to get Coleman on the ballot as a joke candidate, with his consent. Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle, "Caitlyn Jenner is no Arnold Schwarzenegger. And she's no threat to Newsom," 9 Apr. 2021 The truth is that her consent has been chipped away with every weigh-in, every meeting about her grades, every victory celebration. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, "Review: An elite skier is sexually abused by her coach in the French drama ‘Slalom’," 8 Apr. 2021 More women have alleged that indie singer-songwriter Mark Kozelek violated their consent, detailing allegations dating back to the 1990s. Justin Curto, Vulture, "7 More Women Accuse Mark Kozelek of Exposing Himself, Nonconsensual Sex Acts," 25 Mar. 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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The first known use of consent was in the 13th century

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10 May 2021

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“Consent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/consent. Accessed 16 May. 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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