- 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)
- This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive.
Recorded in Middle English since circa 1225, from Old French consentir, from Latin cōnsentīre, present active infinitive of cōnsentiō (“to feel together”), itself from com- (“with”) + sentiō (“to feel”)
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