[ kuhn-sen-shoo-uhl ]
See synonyms for: consensualconsensually on

  1. formed or existing by consent: a consensual lien.

  2. having been actively agreed to by all parties involved: consensual touching

  1. Physiology. (of an action) involuntarily correlative with a voluntary action, as the contraction of the iris when the eye is opened.

Origin of consensual

First recorded in 1745–55; from Latin consēnsu-, stem of consēnsus consensus + -al1

Other words from consensual

  • con·sen·su·al·ly, adverb
  • non·con·sen·su·al, adjective

Words Nearby consensual Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for consensual


/ (kənˈsɛnsjʊəl) /

  1. law (of a contract, agreement, etc) existing by consent

  2. law (of a sexual activity) performed with the consent of all parties involved

  1. (of certain reflex actions of a part of the body) responding to stimulation of another part

Origin of consensual

from consensus + -al 1

Derived forms of consensual

  • consensually, adverb

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