[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.
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.
to give assent or permission (to do something); agree; accede
(intransitive) (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
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.
- Consenting adult
noun 1. (Brit) a male person over the age of sixteen, who may legally engage in homosexual behaviour in private noun an adult who willingly agrees to participate in a sexual act
noun, Law. 1. a judgment settled and agreed to by the parties to the action. Compare (def 2).
- Consent of the governed
A condition urged by many as a requirement for legitimate government: that the authority of a government should depend on the consent of the people, as expressed by votes in elections. (See Declaration of Independence, democracy, and John Locke.)
[kuh n-sen-choo-uh l] /kənˈsɛn tʃu əl/ adjective, Law. 1. involving or carried out by mutual consent: a consentual divorce.