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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Other Words from nonconsensual

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 But deepfake videos pose new problems, like being weaponized, particularly against women, to create humiliating, nonconsensual fake pornography. Washington Post, "Anyone with an iPhone can now make deepfakes. We aren’t ready for what happens next.," 25 Mar. 2021 The company stopped its nonconsensual tracking after it was exposed by a researcher in 2011, court papers said. NBC News, "U.S. Supreme Court rebuffs Facebook appeal in user tracking lawsuit," 22 Mar. 2021 Sater told the Washington Examiner that other legal teams have attempted to criminalize nonconsensual data collection through the Wiretap Act of 1968. Christopher Hutton, Washington Examiner, "Judge allows class-action lawsuit against Google to proceed," 18 Mar. 2021 In the hands of government and research, science has been a tool that in infamous nonconsensual cases, such as theTuskegee study and the mistreatment of Henrietta Lacks, caused victims to suffer while the field of medicine benefited. Shannon Dosemagen, Scientific American, "Science Needs to Face Up to Its Racist History," 12 Mar. 2021 About 40 migrant women who were held at a Georgia detention center have filed a class-action lawsuit alleging they were subjected to medical abuse through nonconsensual or unnecessary procedures while in the facility. NBC News, "Migrant women file class-action lawsuit for alleged medical abuse at ICE detention center," 22 Dec. 2020 It’s not until Greg body-swaps with his pet dog, via a bit of nonconsensual rainbow spirit magic, that mother and son can have a real, honest moment together. Jason Kehe, Wired, "What You Lose When You Turn Into an Animal," 18 Jan. 2021 This comes after Visa temporarily suspended purchases on Pornhub, earlier this month, following allegations made in a New York Times report of child abuse and nonconsensual activity on the site. Jazmin Goodwin, CNN, "Visa continues its ban on Pornhub but will allow payments on some of its parent company's sites," 23 Dec. 2020 The new lawsuit also includes testimony by medical professionals and mental health experts who described the potential health consequences of receiving unwanted or nonconsensual medical procedures. Jasmine Aguilera, Time, "More Than 40 Women File Class Action Lawsuit Alleging Medical Misconduct by ICE Doctor at Georgia Detention Center," 22 Dec. 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 14 May. 2021.

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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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