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consent

[kuh n-sent] /kənˈsɛnt/
verb (used without object)
1.
to permit, approve, or agree; comply or yield (often followed by to or an infinitive):
He consented to the proposal. We asked her permission, and she consented.
2.
Archaic. to agree in sentiment, opinion, etc.; be in harmony.
noun
3.
permission, approval, or agreement; compliance; acquiescence:
He gave his consent to the marriage.
4.
agreement in sentiment, opinion, a course of action, etc.:
By common consent he was appointed official delegate.
5.
Archaic. accord; concord; harmony.
Origin of consent
1175-1225
1175-1225; (v.) Middle English consenten < Anglo-French, Old French consentir < Latin consentīre (see consensus); (noun) Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French, noun derivative of the v.
Related forms
consenter, noun
consentingly, adverb
nonconsent, noun
nonconsenting, adjective, noun
preconsent, noun, verb (used without object)
reconsent, verb (used without object)
unconsenting, adjective
Can be confused
ascent, assent, consent.
Synonym Study
1. See agree.
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Examples from the Web for consenting
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  • She paused, with a look of expectation, as if she waited for my consenting answer.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • I dare say his modesty would prevent his consenting to the plan.

    Homeward Bound James Fenimore Cooper
  • He therefore ended by consenting to act as guide to the two comrades.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • "I told her of your consenting to help Mr. Taylor in his dilemma," said Mother.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • And no sooner had Balbi written, consenting, than Casanova explained what was to do.

  • And the Messenger came, and he said, "Escape, and the way is consenting."

    The Prodigal Returns Lilian Staveley
British Dictionary definitions for consenting

consent

/kənˈsɛnt/
verb
1.
to give assent or permission (to do something); agree; accede
2.
(intransitive) (obsolete) to be in accord; agree in opinion, feelings, etc
noun
3.
acquiescence to or acceptance of something done or planned by another; permission
4.
accordance or harmony in opinion; agreement (esp in the phrase with one consent)
5.
age of consent, the lowest age at which the law recognizes the right of a person to consent to sexual intercourse
Derived Forms
consenter, noun
consenting, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French consentir, from Latin consentīre to feel together, agree, from sentīre to feel
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Word Origin and History for consenting

consent

v.

early 13c., from Old French consentir (12c.) "agree, comply," from Latin consentire "feel together," from com- "with" (see com-) + sentire "to feel" (see sense (n.)). "Feeling together," hence, "agreeing, giving permission," apparently a sense evolution that took place in French before the word reached English. Related: Consented; consenting.

consent

n.

c.1300, "approval," also "agreement in sentiment, harmony," from Old French consente, from consentir (see consent (v.)). Age of consent is attested from 1809.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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