What does consent mean?

Definitions for consent

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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.

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

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  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. Dr Barnouti:

    There are privacy issues, because even if the patients does consent to being filmed beforehand, which does n’t always happen, they ca n’t approve every live video that’s being sent.

  2. Lev Parnas:

    Rudy Giuliani was aware of all of my movements, i wouldnt do anything without the consent of Rudy Giuliani, or The President. I have no intent, I have no reason to speak to any of these officials. I mean, they have no reason to speak with me.

  3. Brooke Nevils:

    It was nonconsensual in the sense that I was too drunk to consent, it was nonconsensual in that I said, multiple times, that I didn't want to have anal sex.

  4. Giedo Van der Garde:

    We have reached a settlement with Sauber and my driver contract with the team has been ended by mutual consent. As a passionate race driver I feel sad and am very disappointed.

  5. Ron DeSantis:

    We had a mother from Leon County, and her daughter was going to school and some people in the school had decided that the daughter was really a boy and not a girl. So they changed the girl's name to a boy's name, had her dress like a boy and on doing all this stuff, without telling the mother or getting consent from the mother. First of all, they shouldn't be doing that at all. But to do these things behind the parents' back and to say that the parents should be shut out. That is wrong.

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