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Syllabification: con·sen·su·al
Pronunciation: /kənˈsen(t)SH(əw)əl

Definition of consensual in English:


1Relating to or involving consent, especially mutual consent: he admitted to having consensual sex with two women
More example sentences
  • I have to admit, I feel the same way about pretty much every consensual sexual activity.
  • This general pattern has been referred to as sexual compliance or consensual unwanted sex.
  • It follows from this that even consensual sexual activity between 15-year-olds will be criminal in the eyes of the law.
1.1Relating to or involving consensus: decision-making was consensual


mid 18th century: from Latin consensus 'agreement' (from consens- 'felt together, agreed', from the verb consentire) + -al.



Example sentences
  • Why would they risk civil war if they can consensually govern?
  • It makes the price of music a political issue, rather than something to be worked out consensually between buyers and sellers.
  • That is also one factor why youngsters enter into such relationships consensually.

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