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Definition of "consent" []

  • To give assent, as to the proposal of another; agree. See Synonyms at assent. (verb-intransitive)
  • Archaic To be of the same mind or opinion. (verb-intransitive)
  • Acceptance or approval of what is planned or done by another; acquiescence. See Synonyms at permission. (noun)
  • Agreement as to opinion or a course of action: She was chosen by common consent to speak for the group. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "consent" in a sentence
  • "This language carries to the human mind, with irresistible force, the idea of _two distinct states_ -- one a state of _freedom_, the other a state of _bondage_: in one of which, a person is serving with his consent for wages; in the other of which a person is serving without his _consent_, according to his master's pleasure."
  • "Yea, sir, if you deny that the "Declaration" asserts "all men are created equal" in body and mind, then you admit the inequality may be such as to make it impossible that in such cases men have rights unalienable save in their "consent;" and you admit it to be impossible that government in such circumstances can exist in such "_consent_" But, if you affirm the"
  • "Doesn't informed consent imply that the patient was actually * informed* of all the relevant, reasonable, and legal treatment options before they gave their * consent* to receive, or not receive, a particular treatment?"