What does consent mean?

Definitions for consent

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word consent.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. consentverb

    permission to do something

    "he indicated his consent"

  2. accept, consent, go forverb

    give an affirmative reply to; respond favorably to

    "I cannot accept your invitation"; "I go for this resolution"


  1. consentnoun

    Voluntary agreement or permission

  2. consentverb

    To express willingness, to give permission.

    I've consented to have the procedure performed.

  3. consentverb

    To cause to sign a consent form.

  4. Etymology: Recorded in since circa 1225, from consentir, from consentire, present active infinitive of consentio, itself from com- + sentio

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CONSENTnoun

    Etymology: consensus, Latin.

    If you shall cleave to my consent, when ’tis,
    It shall make honour for you. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    I am far from excusing or denying that compliance; for plenary consent it was not. Charles I .

    When thou can’st truly call these virtues thine,
    Be wise and free, by heav’n’s consent and mine. John Dryden, Pers.

    The fighting winds would stop there and admire,
    Learning, consent and concord from his lyre. Abraham Cowley, David.

    Demons found
    In fire, air, flood, or under ground,
    Whose power hath a true consent
    With planet or with element. John Milton.

    Such is the world’s great harmony that springs
    From union, order, full consent of things. Alexander Pope, Ess. on Man.

  2. To Consentverb

    Etymology: consentio, Latin.

    Ye comets, scourge the bad revolting stars
    That have consented unto Henry’s death. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    In this we consent unto you, if ye will be as we be. Genesis.

    Their num’rous thunder would awake
    Dull earth, which does with heav’n consent
    To all they wrote. Edmund Waller.


  1. Consent

    Consent occurs when one person voluntarily agrees to the proposal or desires of another. It is a term of common speech, with specific definitions as used in such fields as the law, medicine, research, and sexual relationships. Consent as understood in specific contexts may differ from its everyday meaning. For example, a person with a mental disorder, a low mental age, or under the legal age of sexual consent may willingly engage in a sexual act that still fails to meet the legal threshold for consent as defined by applicable law. United Nations agencies and initiatives in sex education programs believe that teaching the topic of consent as part of a comprehensive sexuality education is beneficial. Types of consent include implied consent, express consent, informed consent and unanimous consent.


  1. consent

    Consent refers to the voluntary agreement or permission given by someone, after clearly understanding and considering all the necessary and relevant information, to another party to proceed with a proposed action, activity, or decision. Consent is necessary and legally required in various situations, including in medical procedures, sexual activities, data sharing, etc., as it signifies mutual respect, creating a safe environment for involvement and participation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Consentverb

    to agree in opinion or sentiment; to be of the same mind; to accord; to concur

  2. Consentverb

    to indicate or express a willingness; to yield to guidance, persuasion, or necessity; to give assent or approval; to comply

  3. Consentverb

    to grant; to allow; to assent to; to admit

  4. Consentnoun

    agreement in opinion or sentiment; the being of one mind; accord

  5. Consentnoun

    correspondence in parts, qualities, or operations; agreement; harmony; coherence

  6. Consentnoun

    voluntary accordance with, or concurrence in, what is done or proposed by another; acquiescence; compliance; approval; permission

  7. Consentnoun

    capable, deliberate, and voluntary assent or agreement to, or concurrence in, some act or purpose, implying physical and mental power and free action

  8. Consentnoun

    sympathy. See Sympathy, 4


  1. Consent

    Consent refers to the provision of approval or agreement, particularly and especially after thoughtful consideration.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Consent

    kon-sent′, v.i. to be of the same mind: to agree: to give assent: to yield: to comply.—v.t. (Milt.) to allow.—n. agreement: accordance with the actions or opinions of another: concurrence: advice, counsel.—adj. Consentā′neous, agreeable or accordant: consistent with.—adv. Consentā′neouslyns. Consentā′neousness, Consentanē′ity.—n. Consen′tience, state of being consentient: imperfect consciousness.—adj. Consen′tient, agreeing in mind or in opinion.—adv. Consent′ingly.—Age of consent, the age at which a person is considered in the eyes of the law competent to give consent to certain acts; Be of consent (Shak.), to be accessory; With one consent, unanimously. [L. consentīrecon, with, sentīre, to feel, to think.]

Editors Contribution

  1. consent

    To agree or give permission.

    They both did consent to marriage to confirm their love for each other.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 29, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'consent' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3056

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'consent' in Nouns Frequency: #1266

How to pronounce consent?

How to say consent in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of consent in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of consent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of consent in a Sentence

  1. Jamie Hastings:

    How many times are big corporations going to take advantage of us before we stop taking their word ? if these corporations wanted to be transparent about this practice, they wouldn't have started selling the data to shady third parties without a person's explicit consent in the first place. Why should we trust them now ?

  2. Kevin Hern:

    A vote to raise the debt ceiling implies consent to the spending. Like our colleagues in the Senate, we want to make it absolutely clear that Democrats alone are responsible for this.

  3. Jennifer Ravalo in March:

    Mr. Arum spoke on an interview that he didn't believe that a 6-foot-4, 250-pound boxer grabbing the face of a 5-foot-2 reporter and forcibly kissing her with his bloody mouth is sexual harassment, i would like to see if he would think differently is a large bloody man did the same to him without his consent.

  4. Lamar Alexander:

    Indeed, Lamar Alexander went on, Our founding documents provide for duly elected presidents who serve with the consent of the governed, not at the pleasure of the United States Congress. Let the people decide. The question then is not whether the president did it, but whether the United States The Senate or the American people should decide what to do about what he did, i believe that the Constitution provides that the people should make that decision in the presidential election that begins in Iowa on Monday. The Senate has spent nine long days considering this mountain of evidence, the arguments of the White House managers and the presidents lawyers, their answers to senators questions and the White House record. Even if the White House charges were true, they do not meet the Constitutions treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors standard for an impeachable offense.

  5. Marina Litvinenko:

    My husband was killed by agents of the Russian state in the first-ever act of nuclear terrorism on the streets of London, this could not have happened without knowledge or consent of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for consent

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for consent »


Find a translation for the consent definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"consent." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 17 May 2024. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/consent>.

Discuss these consent definitions with the community:


    Are we missing a good definition for consent? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Browse Definitions.net


    Are you a words master?

    dark brown mustelid of woodlands of Eurasia that gives off an unpleasant odor when threatened
    A foumart
    B liniment
    C impounding
    D calcaneus

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for consent: