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consensual

[kuh n-sen-shoo-uh l]
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adjective
  1. formed or existing merely by consent: a consensual transaction.
  2. Physiology. (of an action) involuntarily correlative with a voluntary action, as the contraction of the iris when the eye is opened.
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Origin of consensual

1745–55; < Latin consēnsu-, stem of consēnsus consensus + -al1
Related formscon·sen·su·al·ly, adverbnon·con·sen·su·al, adjectivenon·con·sen·su·al·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples

  • Eyes reacted to light, directly and consensually, and to accommodation.

    Studies in Forensic Psychiatry

    Bernard Glueck


British Dictionary definitions for consensually

consensual

adjective
  1. law (of a contract, agreement, etc) existing by consent
  2. law (of a sexual activity) performed with the consent of all parties involved
  3. (of certain reflex actions of a part of the body) responding to stimulation of another part
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Derived Formsconsensually, adverb

Word Origin

from consensus + -al 1
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Word Origin and History for consensually

consensual

adj.

1754, "having to do with consent," from stem of Latin consensus (see consensus) + -al (1). Meaning "by consent" is attested from 1800.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

consensually in Medicine

consensual

(kən-sĕnshōō-əl)
adj.
  1. Of or relating to a reflexive response of one body structure following stimulation of another, such as the concurrent constriction of one pupil in response to light shined in the other.
  2. Of or relating to involuntary movement of a body part accompanying voluntary movement of another.
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Related formscon•sensu•al•ly adv.
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