- 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.
- Archaic. to agree in sentiment, opinion, etc.; be in harmony.
- permission, approval, or agreement; compliance; acquiescence: He gave his consent to the marriage.
- agreement in sentiment, opinion, a course of action, etc.: By common consent he was appointed official delegate.
- Archaic. accord; concord; harmony.
Origin of consent
Related Words for consentsanction, blessing, permission, concurrence, acquiescence, assent, understanding, go-ahead, permit, compliance, approval, authorization, subscribe, comply, acquiesce, accord, okay, leave, yes, allowance
Examples from the Web for consent
Contemporary Examples of consent
Doctors have long wrestled with the age of consent when it comes to mature adolescents.Should Teens Have The Right To Die?
January 8, 2015
Consent is manufactured—like, remember the Ebola crisis from a few weeks ago?How Canadian Oilmen Pinkwash the Keystone Pipeline
December 28, 2014
The committee recommended a single—and simple—principle be applied to the law, that of consent.The Castration of Alan Turing, Britain’s Code-Breaking WWII Hero
November 29, 2014
At the time the straight age of consent was 16, and it was 21 for gay men.The Queer Genius of Film Director Derek Jarman
November 1, 2014
Since when is a loud noise the only sign of resistance and lack of consent?Should Twitter Suspend LGBT Engineer Accused Of Raping Her Wife?
October 8, 2014
Historical Examples of consent
Do be on your guard—'if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.'Life in London
I would never have married him, if I had known—without your consent, I mean.Weighed and Wanting
She would not consent to this marriage; but I carried the day, and my word is given.
Well, let him become a doctor, and I will consent to the marriage.
She looked about to the others as if asking their consent to tell the story.The Trail Book
- to give assent or permission (to do something); agree; accede
- (intr) obsolete to be in accord; agree in opinion, feelings, etc
- acquiescence to or acceptance of something done or planned by another; permission
- accordance or harmony in opinion; agreement (esp in the phrase with one consent)
- age of consent the lowest age at which the law recognizes the right of a person to consent to sexual intercourse
Word Origin for consent
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.
c.1300, "approval," also "agreement in sentiment, harmony," from Old French consente, from consentir (see consent (v.)). Age of consent is attested from 1809.