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[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.
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
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.
1. See agree. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for consenting
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  • "Anneke would hardly pardon me for consenting to that," he answered.

    Satanstoe James Fenimore Cooper
  • He therefore ended by consenting to act as guide to the two comrades.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • A fourth time she returned, consenting to forego all thoughts of vengeance if the king would order the young hero to marry her.

  • And the Messenger came, and he said, "Escape, and the way is consenting."

    The Prodigal Returns Lilian Staveley
  • I could not leave England without trying the possibility of his seeing me once, of his consenting to kiss my child once.

  • However, I managed to bully him into consenting; but I don't trust his word.

    The Straw Eugene O'Neill
British Dictionary definitions for consenting


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
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



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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