non·​con·​sen·​su·​al | \ ˌnän-kən-ˈsen(t)-sh(ə-)wəl How to pronounce nonconsensual (audio) , -shəl, -shü-əl\

Definition of nonconsensual

: not agreed to by one or more of the people involved : not consensual nonconsensual sex

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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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Greitens is accused of taking a nonconsensual photograph of a partially naked woman who had been his hairdresser and of transmitting the image to a computer, according to the indictment. Will Schmitt, USA TODAY, "Report: Woman tells lawmakers that Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens slapped her during affair," 11 Apr. 2018 In season four, many viewers interpreted a scene between Jaime and Cersei Lannister as nonconsensual (although the episode's director Alex Graves said that was not the intention). Kayleigh Roberts, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 'Game of Thrones' Showrunners Just Addressed Their Controversial Use of Sexual Violence," 1 July 2017 Weinstein's lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, says that Weinstein maintains that there was ever any nonconsensual encounters. Fox News, "Grenell: NKorea feels pressure of Trump's tough diplomacy," 26 May 2018 Like everything on the internet, nonconsensual pornography is a global problem. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "Meet Badass, the Grassroots Activists Hitting Revenge Porn Where It Lives," 26 Apr. 2018 One in eight American social media users has been a target of nonconsensual pornography, according to a 2017 study conducted by the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative. Sara O'brien, CNN, "University of Central Florida fraternity members accused of posting revenge porn on Facebook," 14 June 2018 There were stories of modeling agents turning a blind eye when their clients reported harassment, tales of late-night photo shoots in photographers’ apartments, nonconsensual nudes, underage bookings, unwanted touching, and promises of fame. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "Fashion’s #MeToo Movement Is Loudest on Instagram," 5 Apr. 2018 Instead, the behavior that Schneiderman’s accusers describe involves brutal, nonconsensual assaults, which allegedly surprised and scared his victims. Jessica Wakeman, Glamour, "Don't Use My Kink as a Cover for Your Abuse," 9 May 2018 The raids, dancers argued, also resulted in degrading treatment by police officers, some of whom took nonconsensual photos or made lewd comments about them. Susan Elizabeth Shepard, Vox, "It’s International Whores’ Day. Let’s talk about why strippers need better labor laws.," 1 June 2018

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1845, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of nonconsensual

: not agreed to by one or more of the people involved


non·​con·​sen·​su·​al | \ ˌnän-kən-ˈsen-chə-wəl\

Legal Definition of nonconsensual

: not involving consent : not consented to

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