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

According to Taylor’s lawsuit, filed in the Southern District of Florida on Sept. 10, Brown exposed himself and kissed her without her consent while Taylor was staying at his Pittsburgh-area home in June 2017. Robert Klemko, SI.com, "There’s More History to Antonio Brown’s History," 16 Sep. 2019 The lawsuit alleges that Brown first exposed himself to and then kissed the woman without her consent in June 2017 while at one of his homes in the Pittsburgh area. Caroline Linton, CBS News, "Antonio Brown accused of rape in federal lawsuit," 11 Sep. 2019 After blowing up at his general manager, and posting a YouTube video of a conversation allegedly with head coach Jon Gruden, purportedly not with his consent. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders odds, picks and best bets [UPDATED]," 7 Sep. 2019 Regulators said that YouTube, which is owned by Google, had illegally gathered children’s data — including identification codes used to track web browsing over time — without their parents’ consent. New York Times, "Google Is Fined $170 Million for Violating Children’s Privacy on YouTube," 4 Sep. 2019 The Office of Child Care had revoked the license of a day care operated by the Joneses in April 2017 after state child welfare investigators concluded that children were given without their parents’ consent. oregonlive.com, "Two caregivers plead guilty to charges tied to baby’s death at Hood River day care," 27 Aug. 2019 The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that Facebook users can sue the company for its use of facial recognition technology to identify people in photos without their consent. Drew Harwell, The Denver Post, "Summer camps use facial recognition so parents can watch from home," 25 Aug. 2019 Medina then got into the passenger seat of her vehicle without her consent, the report states. Ricky Pinela, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida man threatens Uber Eats driver with gun, holds her against her will," 14 Aug. 2019 According to Williams, the police gave Williams’s car keys to the people that Williams was with at the time of the arrest without his consent. Akira Kyles, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Westminster man faces drug charges," 6 Aug. 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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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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