[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.

Nearby words

  1. consecrate,
  2. consecration,
  3. consecution,
  4. consecutive,
  5. consecutive anophthalmia,
  6. consensus,
  7. consensus gentium,
  8. consensus sequence,
  9. consent,
  10. consent decree

Origin of consensual

1745–55; < Latin consēnsu-, stem of consēnsus consensus + -al1

Related formscon·sen·su·al·ly, adverbnon·con·sen·su·al, adjectivenon·con·sen·su·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for consensually



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
Derived Formsconsensually, adverb

Word Origin for consensual

from consensus + -al 1

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Word Origin and History for consensually



1754, "having to do with consent," from stem of Latin consensus (see consensus) + -al (1). Meaning "by consent" is attested from 1800.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for consensually




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.
Related formscon•sensu•al•ly adv.

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