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verb (used without object)
  1. to agree or concur; subscribe to (often followed by to): to assent to a statement.
  2. to give in; yield; concede: Assenting to his demands, I did as I was told.
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  1. agreement, as to a proposal; concurrence.
  2. acquiescence; compliance.
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Origin of assent

1250–1300; Middle English asenten < Old French asenter < Latin assentārī, equivalent to as- as- + sen(t)- (see scent) + -t- frequentative suffix + -ā- thematic vowel + -rī infinitive suffix
Related formsas·sent·ing·ly, adverbas·sen·tive, adjectiveas·sen·tive·ness, nounas·sen·tor, as·sent·er, nounnon·as·sent·ing, adjectivere·as·sent, verb (used without object)un·as·sent·ing, adjectiveun·as·sen·tive, adjective
Can be confusedaccent accentuate assentascent assent consent

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1, 2. acquiesce.

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1, 2. See agree.
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Related Words for assentive

resigned, submissive, yielding, acquiescing, assentive, nonresistant

British Dictionary definitions for assentive


  1. agreement, as to a statement, proposal, etc; acceptance
  2. hesitant agreement; compliance
  3. sanction
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  1. (intr usually foll by to) to agree or express agreement
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Word Origin for assent

C13: from Old French assenter, from Latin assentīrī, from sentīre to think
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Word Origin and History for assentive



c.1300, from Old French assentir "agree; get used to" (12c.), from Latin assentare "to agree with," frequentative of assentire, from ad- "to" (see ad-) + sentire "to feel, think" (see sense (n.)). Related: Assented; assenting.

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early 14c., "consent, approval," from Old French assent, a back-formation from assentir (see assent (v.)).

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