[kuh n-sen-shoo-uh l]
- formed or existing merely by consent: a consensual transaction.
- Physiology. (of an action) involuntarily correlative with a voluntary action, as the contraction of the iris when the eye is opened.
Origin of consensual
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Examples from the Web for consensual
He had invited a 19-year-old drifter named Arnold Murray to his house and they had had consensual sex.
Consensual sex between males in private should be decriminalized.
After she ended a 6-month-long consensual affair with Cosby, she claims he drugged her backstage before a performance in Denver.Bill Cosby’s Long List of Accusers (So Far): 18 Alleged Sexual Assault Victims Between 1965-2004
November 24, 2014
He admitted having sex with her, but insisted it was consensual.Alleged U.Va. Abductor Accused of Rape at Christian College
September 28, 2014
Haidak was told to have no contact with Gibney, but they texted and also engaged in consensual sex, according to the suit.Is UMass-Amherst Biased Against Male Students in Title IX Assault Cases?
August 18, 2014
The Consensual Contracts, it will be observed, were extremely limited in number.
Doubtless we may pass gradually from the purely reflex, through the consensual, to the voluntary.Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I
We now reach the fourth class, or Consensual Contracts, the most interesting and important of all.
For, in truth, the peculiarity of these Consensual Contracts is that no formalities, are required to create them out of the Pact.
A consensual ecclesiastical jurisdiction is thus created, which has to this extent temporal sanction.
- law (of a contract, agreement, etc) existing by consent
- law (of a sexual activity) performed with the consent of all parties involved
- (of certain reflex actions of a part of the body) responding to stimulation of another part
from consensus + -al 1
Word Origin and History for consensual
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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.
- Of or relating to involuntary movement of a body part accompanying voluntary movement of another.
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