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

Examples of nonconsensual in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Before leaving the meeting, Peterson called the plan inequitable and nonconsensual. DÁnica Coto, Star Tribune, "Puerto Rico debt restructuring hits snag in public clash," 30 Oct. 2020 According to data from the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, 90 percent of nonconsensual pornography victims are women. Washington Post, "‘Revenge porn’ was already commonplace. The pandemic has made things even worse.," 29 Oct. 2020 Kruth denied the allegations that the encounters had been nonconsensual, according to the Times. Esther Mobley,, "Head of prominent Bay Area wine nonprofit resigns following report of sexual misconduct allegations," 29 Oct. 2020 The episode also raised the question of whether foreign women traveling through the airport in Qatar could legally be subject to the same laws, and to invasive and potentially nonconsensual procedures, experts said. Yan Zhuang, New York Times, "Women on Qatar Airways Flight Are Strip-Searched, Sparking Outrage in Australia," 26 Oct. 2020 The fact that the person complied with the request does not render the encounter nonconsensual. NBC News, "Detain, not arrest: Why that distinction is key in charges against Texas officer," 6 Oct. 2020 Strict rules against filming performances were designed to protect actors from nonconsensual broadcasts of their work. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, "Tired of Netflix? Museums and theaters bring the arts home.," 15 May 2020 Doctors subsequently performed nonconsensual genital surgeries on Zzyym as a minor, an increasingly controversial practice that left them scarred. NBC News, "Court orders State Department to reconsider intersex passport application," 13 May 2020 Anderson assaulted and abused the wrestler on at least 35 occasions, or 70 total acts of nonconsensual anal penetration and genital fondling, between 1984 and 1989 when the wrestler was between the ages of 17 and 22, the suit alleges. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "U-M doctor's accusers: University allowed horror show to go on for decades," 5 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of nonconsensual

1845, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonconsensual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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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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