Definition of consent in English:


Line breaks: con|sent
Pronunciation: /kənˈsɛnt


[mass noun]
Permission for something to happen or agreement to do something: no change may be made without the consent of all the partners
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  • She said she gave no outward sign of agreement or consent, whether verbal or physical.
  • Claims can be settled via mutual consent, by arbitration or by a court award.
  • It should be noted that the landlord has no right to consent or withhold consent to the assignment itself.
agreement, assent, concurrence, accord; permission, authorization, sanction, leave, clearance, acquiescence, acceptance, approval, seal of approval, stamp of approval, imprimatur, backing, endorsement, confirmation, support, favour, good wishes
formal approbation


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1Give permission for something to happen: he consented to a search by a detective
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  • Where the author has consented to that, either personally or through another, then these rights will generally be exhausted.
  • It would be quite unreal to infer that the bank consented to the withdrawal by a card holder whose account had been closed.
  • All group members consented to the discussion being taped, and we explained that all material would be made anonymous.
1.1 [with infinitive] Agree to do something: he had consented to serve as external assessor on the panel
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  • But not only does she accede to the arrangement, she consents to be the one to find a woman who can have children.
  • So, we have adequate reason to interpret a person's continued voluntary residence as a form of consenting to abide by the laws of the state.
  • He would agree to strict terms, including consenting to take antabuse and drugs to achieve chemical castration.


Middle English: from Old French consente (noun), consentir (verb), from Latin consentire, from con- 'together' + sentire 'feel'.


by common consent

With the agreement of all: it was, by common consent, our finest performance
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  • Private property is in essence a cluster of rights inuring to the benefit of the owner, freely exchangeable in accordance with the terms of private agreements, and recognized and protected by common consent.
  • For example, just see what happens to coherence when you examine the one area of policy in which the Conservative party, by common consent, commands the field: the countryside.
  • But the same trees that, by common consent, ruined thousands of acres of Scottish landscape are being cut down and left to rot - paid for once again with public funds.

informed consent

Permission granted in full knowledge of the possible consequences, typically that which is given by a patient to a doctor for treatment with knowledge of the possible risks and benefits: written informed consent was obtained from each patient
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  • Recent case law on malpractice litigation and informed consent has been incorporated.
  • Regrettably, the very same design meant that it was not possible to obtain the informed consent of the patients.
  • The clinic also tells patients that the risks are so unknown it does not think informed consent is possible.

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