[ kuh n-sen-shoo-uh l ]
/ kənˈsɛn ʃu əl /


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.


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Origin of consensual

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


con·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. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for nonconsensual

British Dictionary definitions for nonconsensual

/ (kənˈsɛnsjʊəl) /


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 forms of consensual

consensually, adverb

Word Origin for consensual

from consensus + -al 1
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Medical definitions for nonconsensual

[ kən-sĕnshōō-əl ]


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.

Other words from consensual

con•sensu•al•ly adv.
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