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

Examples of nonconsensual in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The lawsuit alleges Danis was in violation of the 2022 Violence Against Women Act reauthorization, which included a provision allowing victims of nonconsensual pornography to file suit in federal court; as well as New Jersey invasion of privacy laws. Ct Jones, Rolling Stone, 7 Sep. 2023 Most of the 48 states and the District of Columbia that have laws prohibiting the nonconsensual distribution of intimate images, many passed in the past decade, require that victims prove that the distributors of their photos intended to harm them. Ari Schneider, Washington Post, 26 Aug. 2023 Parade’s cofounder and CEO will exit amid the brand’s acquisition, Spain’s soccer federation deals with the fallout of a nonconsensual World Cup kiss, and Instacart tests the IPO waters. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 28 Aug. 2023 One in eight Americans who use social media have been targeted by nonconsensual pornography, and women were about 1.7 times as likely to be the targets compared to men, according to research conducted by the organization. Julianne McShane, NBC News, 16 Aug. 2023 Immediately following the hearing, the council intends to vote on updates to Birmingham’s vehicle immobilization and nonconsensual towing ordinance and the city’s commercial parking lot ordinance according to Councilor Darrell O’ Quinn. Heather Gann |, al, 10 Aug. 2023 In response to the images, several of the streamers affected emphasized the unnecessary and nonconsensual sexualization of their likeness — and women online as a whole. Katherine Singh,, 9 Feb. 2023 His lawyer said Spacey denies all allegations of nonconsensual acts and suggested the accusers are looking for payouts from the Hollywood star. Brian Melley, USA TODAY, 5 July 2023 Some of the tweets in question included nonconsensual nude images that violated Twitter’s policies. Brian Fung, CNN, 6 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonconsensual was in 1845

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“Nonconsensual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

Legal Definition


: not involving consent : not consented to
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