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consent

[kuh n-sent] /kənˈsɛnt/
verb (used without object)
1.
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.
2.
Archaic. to agree in sentiment, opinion, etc.; be in harmony.
noun
3.
permission, approval, or agreement; compliance; acquiescence:
He gave his consent to the marriage.
4.
agreement in sentiment, opinion, a course of action, etc.:
By common consent he was appointed official delegate.
5.
Archaic. accord; concord; harmony.
Origin
1175-1225
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
consenter, noun
consentingly, adverb
nonconsent, noun
nonconsenting, adjective, noun
preconsent, noun, verb (used without object)
reconsent, verb (used without object)
unconsenting, adjective
Can be confused
ascent, assent, consent.
Synonyms
1. See agree.
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Examples for consenting
  • Churches are social groups composed of consenting adults.
  • Let's say that a donor family receives direct compensation for consenting to donation.
  • Both parties are well beyond the age of maturity, and they are consenting adults.
  • If relationships develop between consenting adults, its none of your business.
  • To strict libertarians, as long as everyone involved is a consenting adult, there's no problem.
  • Pretty much all media reports make it a point to mention that the students were adults and consenting.
  • To his life as a whole he was a consenting, contracting party and partner from the moment he was born to the moment he died.
  • The blood was drawn from fully consenting children, with the consent of their parents.
  • consenting adults could use the technology to engage in far more intimate embraces and manipulations.
  • Even videotaped interviews with consenting patients have drawbacks.
British Dictionary definitions for consenting

consent

/kənˈsɛnt/
verb
1.
to give assent or permission (to do something); agree; accede
2.
(intransitive) (obsolete) to be in accord; agree in opinion, feelings, etc
noun
3.
acquiescence to or acceptance of something done or planned by another; permission
4.
accordance or harmony in opinion; agreement (esp in the phrase with one consent)
5.
age of consent, the lowest age at which the law recognizes the right of a person to consent to sexual intercourse
Derived Forms
consenter, noun
consenting, adjective
Word Origin
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 consenting
consent
early 13c., from O.Fr. consentir, from L. consentire "feel together," from com- "with" + sentire "to feel." "Feeling together," hence, "agreeing, giving permission," apparently a sense evolution that took place in French before the word reached English. Age of consent is attested from 1809.
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