- 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 Wordssubscribe, comply, acquiesce, accede, okay, permit, assent, accept, bless, fold, concede, let, yield, allow, sanction, concur, yes, approve
Examples from the Web for consenting
What happens during that time is between two consenting adults.Sex, Power, and Desire: The Life of America’s Next Top Escort
March 19, 2014
This, his lawyers argued, was a “loving relationship between two consenting adults.”Men Who Hate Women
Barbie Latza Nadeau
February 17, 2013
If two consenting adults want to experiment with coprophilia for example?Newsweek Live Chat: What the Internet Can Teach Us About Sex
The Daily Beast
April 25, 2011
We are consenting adults in an active collaboration for the pleasure and well-being of everyone involved.The Ethical Slut Returns
April 23, 2009
She paused, with a look of expectation, as if she waited for my consenting answer.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
I dare say his modesty would prevent his consenting to the plan.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
He therefore ended by consenting to act as guide to the two comrades.The Downfall
"I told her of your consenting to help Mr. Taylor in his dilemma," said Mother.The Rise of Roscoe Paine
Joseph C. Lincoln
And no sooner had Balbi written, consenting, than Casanova explained what was to do.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
- 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 and History for consenting
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.