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

Without a warrant, police would need Joyner to sign a form consenting to the search. Christian Sheckler, ProPublica, "The Questionable Conviction, and Re-Conviction, of Ricky Joyner," 20 July 2019 Green insisted she be placed in the ICU and this time, the critical care director consented. NBC News, "At remote Amazon jungle hospital, U.S. med students learn vital lessons," 8 July 2019 Some restaurants say the practice was deceptive, but Grubhub insists all eateries consented to the arrangement. Ben Muessig, latimes.com, "California Inc.: A sale for the record books," 8 July 2019 In 1987, Chicago’s landmarks ordinance was revised to include the stipulation that the owner of a religious building must consent to its landmark designation, said Ward Miller, executive director of Preservation Chicago. Eliza Fawcett, chicagotribune.com, "‘Why are you throwing away our legacy?’ St. Adalbert parishioners struggle with impending closure," 7 July 2019 Nor do shattered dreams of parenthood inflict any bodily intrusion, at least not one that patients didn’t previously consent to. Dov Fox, Vox, "The legal limbo of lost embryos," 3 July 2019 O’Connell ruled last month that the search was illegally extended and that Mayo, of the Ninth Mobile Division, and other officers coerced Ballard into consenting. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville police traffic search collapses after judge says the driver was coerced," 19 June 2019 To conduct the study, researchers linked consenting patients' electronic medical records with their social media. Michelle Lou, CNN, "Your Facebook profile can indicate if you have a medical condition, a study finds," 17 June 2019 Beyond that obvious concern is the need for efficiency when the non-consenting subject is, for obvious reasons, pissed off and unwilling to cooperate. James Mcwilliams, Outside Online, "The Town That Lives with Rattlesnakes," 10 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The act requires websites and online services to direct children under 13 to get parental consent before the company collectspersonal information. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Another app with privacy concerns: TikTok, a popular video app with ties to China," 18 July 2019 The facility is customized for adults, but ages 14 and 15 may work out with their parents, and 16- and 17-year-olds may work out with parental consent, Bahr said. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A new Orangetheory Fitness will provide another option for getting fit in Menomonee Falls," 17 July 2019 Simply gaining better user consent wouldn’t be enough to overcome these problems, because the school software is dealing with sensitive data relating to children. Jon Porter, The Verge, "German state bans Office 365 in schools, citing privacy concerns," 15 July 2019 Riders ages 14 and older can use the shuttle service (minors need parental consent) and do not need to be Cupertino residents. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "Cupertino community briefs for the week of July 19," 14 July 2019 Changes in 2011 to the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act mean parental consent is no longer required for school officials to share personal information with third-party vendors. Betsy Morris, WSJ, "Schools Wrestle With Privacy of Digital Data Collected on Students," 10 July 2019 Minors will no longer need parental consent to obtain HIV prevention medication, commonly referred to as pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, and sold under the brand name Truvada. Russell Blair, courant.com, "8 new Connecticut laws that begin July 1," 1 July 2019 But for the-then 17-year-old to train with Brazil's new women's team, parental consent had to be given. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "Sissi: The Brazilian who defied a dictatorship to become a World Cup great," 21 June 2019 And the new regulation will require a notarized statement of parental consent for a minor seeking a tattoo without a parent or legal guardian by his or her side. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "After hundreds of public comments, Kentucky won't ban tattoos over scars, officials say," 13 Apr. 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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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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