consent

[ kuh n-sent ]
/ kənˈsɛnt /

verb (used without object)

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.

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. consecutive anophthalmia,
  2. consensual,
  3. consensus,
  4. consensus gentium,
  5. consensus sequence,
  6. consent decree,
  7. consent judgment,
  8. consent of the governed,
  9. consentaneous,
  10. consentience

Origin of consent

1175–1225; (v.) Middle English consenten < Anglo-French, Old French consentir < Latin consentīre (see consensus); (noun) Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French, noun derivative of the v.

Related forms
Can be confusedascent assent consent

Synonym study

1. See agree.

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British Dictionary definitions for consent

consent

/ (kənˈsɛnt) /

verb

to give assent or permission (to do something); agree; accede
(intr) obsolete to be in accord; agree in opinion, feelings, etc

noun

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
Derived Formsconsenter, nounconsenting, adjective

Word Origin for consent

C13: from Old French consentir, from Latin consentīre to feel together, agree, from sentīre to feel

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Word Origin and History for consent
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