- The definition of consent is the permission given for something.
An example of consent is a parent's approval of her teenage daughter spending time with her new boyfriend.
- Consent means to agree to do something or to give permission.
An example of consent is for a parent to sign a permission slip for his child to go on a field trip.
- to agree (to do something)
- to willingly engage in a sexual act: often in the phrase
- to give permission, approval, or assent (to something proposed or requested) in opinion
- Obsolete to agree
Origin of consentMiddle English consenten ; from Old French consentir ; from Classical Latin consentire ; from com-, with + sentire, to feel: see sense
- permission, approval, or assent
- agreement in opinion or sentiment: by common consent
intransitive verbcon·sent·ed, con·sent·ing, con·sents
- To give assent, as to the proposal of another; agree: consent to medical treatment; consent to going on a business trip; consent to see someone on short notice. See Synonyms at assent.
- Archaic To be of the same mind or opinion.
- Acceptance or approval of what is planned or done by another; acquiescence. See Synonyms at permission.
- Agreement as to opinion or a course of action: She was chosen by common consent to speak for the group.
Origin of consentMiddle English consenten, from Old French consentir, from Latin cōnsentīre : com-, com- + sentīre, to feel; see sent- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present consents, present participle consenting, simple past and past participle consented)
- (intransitive) To express willingness, to give permission.
- I've consented to have the procedure performed.
- (medicine) To cause to sign a consent form.
- To agree in opinion or sentiment; to be of the same mind; to accord; to concur.
- This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive.
consent - Legal Definition