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

But now, a month later, the judges had abruptly reversed their decision, denying they had ever consented to dismiss such charges. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "Power of Attorney," 16 Sep. 2019 In May, Gluck’s lawyer emailed detectives to say that Gluck would not consent to an interview about the missing money. Sarah Schweitzer, The Atlantic, "The Lunch Ladies of New Canaan," 15 Aug. 2019 The rhetoric used in Daygame blogs such as Jamie's is inherently misogynistic and it’s doubtful any of the women featured consented to having their experience documented, pseudonym or not. Sara Macauley, refinery29.com, "Have You Been Daygamed? The New Method Men Are Using To 'Attract Amazing Women'," 22 Aug. 2019 Under the bill, migrants who do not consent to the test would be deported, Gooden said. Dallas News, "More secret tape fallout in Texas House, Beto O'Rourke's reboot, Dallas mayor creates crime task force," 20 Aug. 2019 An adjournment cannot take place if both chambers do not consent to it. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "When Does Congress Reconvene? August Recess, Explained," 16 Aug. 2019 Franken’s hands appear to be practically touching her chest, and Tweeden looks to be asleep—and therefore not consenting to the joke. Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, "The Case of Al Franken," 22 July 2019 Jefferson died in 1826, Madison in 1836—despite clear evidence both that American slavery was expanding and that African-Americans would not consent to their expatriation. Nicholas Guyatt, The New York Review of Books, "How Proslavery Was the Constitution?," 6 June 2019 The suspect consented to a search of his residence, where another loaded firearm was located under his mattress in the 200 block of Union Avenue. Jake Richardson, The Mercury News, "Campbell crime report for the week of Aug. 23," 15 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In a one-party setting, so long as either party consents, the recording is lawful. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Assessing the Details of DeMarcus Cousins Allegedly Threatening Ex-Girlfriend," 27 Aug. 2019 Some local officials objected to storing these and other sensitive documents on a federal server that other government officials could access without their knowledge or consent, according to the inspector general’s report. Los Angeles Times, "It was sensitive data from a U.S. anti-terror program – and terrorists could have gotten to it for years, records show," 25 Aug. 2019 These teenagers filed Gravel’s exploratory committee paperwork with the elderly ex-senator’s consent, and only afterward did Gravel decide to actually run for the White House. Dan Sweeney, sun-sentinel.com, "Mike Gravel ends his presidential campaign, 24 Democrats remain," 6 Aug. 2019 Pollack said other employees who worked under Elbaz's supervision at a call center in Caesarea, Israel, did engage in fraudulent activity without her knowledge or consent. Michael Kunzelman, baltimoresun.com, "Federal jury in Maryland gets case against Israeli company executive accused of duping investors," 2 Aug. 2019 Given Twitch's strict anti-harassment policy, which does not allow its talent to record others without their knowledge or consent, Beahm was in violation of several different rules. NBC News, "Dancing tomatoes and llama pinatas? This must be a gaming convention.," 26 June 2019 Snow adds that voice recognition technology is already used across a number of fields—often without individuals’ express knowledge or consent. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Artificial Intelligence Generates Humans’ Faces Based on Their Voices," 13 June 2019 This revelation follows the news this past March of the larger data breach that showed that Cambridge Analytica had harvested data from the profiles of more than 80 million Facebook users without their knowledge or consent. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Cambridge Analytica Targeted L.L. Bean and Wrangler Customers in the 2016 Presidential Election," 30 Nov. 2018 Someone has inappropriately uploaded old Mark Judge videos without Mark Judge's knowledge or consent. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "Who Is Mark Judge, Brett Kavanaugh's High School Drinking Buddy?," 2 Oct. 2018

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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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