Definition of consent in English:

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Pronunciation: /kənˈsent/


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.


[no object]
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.
agree to, assent to, yield to, give in to, submit to;
allow, give permission for, sanction, accept, approve, go along with
1.1Agree to do something: he had consented to serve 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.



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 the knowledge of the possible consequences, typically that which is given by a patient to a doctor for treatment with full knowledge of the possible risks and benefits.
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

Words that rhyme with consent

absent, accent, anent, ascent, assent, augment, bent, cement, cent, circumvent, content, dent, event, extent, ferment, foment, forewent, forwent, frequent, gent, Ghent, Gwent, lament, leant, lent, meant, misrepresent, misspent, outwent, pent, percent, pigment, rent, scent, segment, sent, spent, stent, Stoke-on-Trent, Tashkent, tent, torment, Trent, underspent, underwent, vent, went

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Syllabification: con·sent

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