non·​con·​sen·​su·​al ˌnän-kən-ˈsen(t)-sh(ə-)wəl How to pronounce nonconsensual (audio)
: not agreed to by one or more of the people involved : not consensual
nonconsensual sex
nonconsensually adverb
… I pointed out that it's always painful and infuriating when people are nonconsensually manipulated into humiliating themselves to make someone else's point … Carol Queen

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Since then, nearly all 50 states have enacted laws criminalizing nonconsensual pornography. Andrea Marks, Rolling Stone, 4 Aug. 2022 News of the departures come about a week after a New Yorker article detailed people’s attempts to get Porhhub to remove sexuality explicit content that involved underage and nonconsensual participants. Lateshia Beachum, Washington Post, 22 June 2022 While these concerns may seem relatively new, pop star celebrity Madonna has been raising alarm bells about the potential for nonconsensual, surreptitious collection and testing of DNA for over a decade. Liza Vertinsky, The Conversation, 3 June 2022 In December 2020, Mastercard, Visa and Discover blocked customers from using their credit cards on Pornhub’s website after the New York Times published an opinion piece accusing Pornhub of being rife with nonconsensual and child abuse material. Lateshia Beachum, Washington Post, 22 June 2022 But Internet algorithms have put us at an uncompromising moment of nonconsensual reality. Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker, 27 June 2022 After an assessment that lasted more than a year, Kaplan, Hecker & Fink produced a report with more than ninety recommendations of ways for the company to improve its procedures for keeping nonconsensual videos off Pornhub and its other sites. Sheelah Kolhatkar, The New Yorker, 13 June 2022 Researchers say while some women agree to mock abductions out of tradition, many others are nonconsensual. NBC News, 26 Mar. 2022 Copyright also has been a useful tool for victims of nonconsensual pornography, where the mere threat of legal action can be more effective than petitioning platforms, Massey said. Washington Post, 22 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonconsensual was in 1845

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“Nonconsensual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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Legal Definition


: not involving consent : not consented to

Last Updated: 18 Aug 2022

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