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consent

[kuh n-sent]
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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
  1. permission, approval, or agreement; compliance; acquiescence: He gave his consent to the marriage.
  2. agreement in sentiment, opinion, a course of action, etc.: By common consent he was appointed official delegate.
  3. Archaic. accord; concord; harmony.

Origin of consent

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 formscon·sent·er, nouncon·sent·ing·ly, adverbnon·con·sent, nounnon·con·sent·ing, adjective, nounpre·con·sent, noun, verb (used without object)re·con·sent, verb (used without object)un·con·sent·ing, adjective
Can be confusedascent assent consent

Synonym study

1. See agree.
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Examples from the Web for unconsenting

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  • He was not for the moment horrible to her unconsenting will.

    Old Crow

    Alice Brown

  • The officer was loud and impassioned, the lady firm but unconsenting.

  • Stella laid down her pen with the ready obedience which can be made so baffling when it proceeds from an unconsenting will.

    The Second Fiddle

    Phyllis Bottome

  • His gay courage held her unconsenting admiration even while she resented it.


British Dictionary definitions for unconsenting

consent

verb
  1. to give assent or permission (to do something); agree; accede
  2. (intr) obsolete to be in accord; agree in opinion, feelings, etc
noun
  1. acquiescence to or acceptance of something done or planned by another; permission
  2. accordance or harmony in opinion; agreement (esp in the phrase with one consent)
  3. age of consent the lowest age at which the law recognizes the right of a person to consent to sexual intercourse
Derived Formsconsenter, nounconsenting, 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 unconsenting

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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