consent con‧sent [kənˈsent] noun [uncountable]
1. permission to do something, especially by someone who has authority or responsibility:

• He took the car without the owner's consent.

• The city authorities have given their consent to leases on two buildings.

2. agreement about something:

• The chairman was elected by common consent (= with most people agreeing ) .

• His contract is to be terminated by mutual consent (= by agreement between both sides ) .

3. LAW willing agreement to a contract and its conditions, without any force or dishonesty having been used. If someone has given consent, a court can force them to obey the contract:

• Except under special circumstances the parents or guardians of the child must give their consent to the adoption.

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consent UK US /kənˈsent/ noun [U]
legal or official permission to do something: »

The sale of any assets will require the consent of all the parties concerned.

with/without (sb's) consent »

Your terms of employment cannot be changed without your consent.

written/prior consent »

For certain types of business purchase, you may require the prior consent of an industry regulator

give/grant consent to/for sth »

Clients must sign financial-disclosure forms giving consent for ""further verification"".

seek/apply for/obtain (sb's) consent »

Frequently, for smaller contracts, builders do not formally obtain consent.

agreement between two or more people or groups: by mutual consent »

In a statement, CSR said their chief executive was leaving by mutual consent.

by common consent »

This was, by common consent, the worst recession for decades.

consent UK US /kənˈsent/ verb [I]
to give official permission or agreement for something to happen: consent to sth »

Pressure is being put on shareholders to consent to the takeover.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Consent — Con*sent , n. [Cf. OF. consent.] 1. Agreement in opinion or sentiment; the being of one mind; accord. [1913 Webster] All with one consent began to make excuse. Luke xiv. 18. [1913 Webster] They fell together all, as by consent. Shak. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • consent — [kən sent′] vi. [ME consenten < OFr consentir < L consentire < com , with + sentire, to feel: see SENSE] 1. a) to agree (to do something) b) to willingly engage in a sexual act: often in the phrase consenting adult c) to give permission …   English World dictionary

  • Consent — Con*sent , v. t. To grant; to allow; to assent to; to admit. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Interpreters . . . will not consent it to be a true story. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Consent — Con*sent , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Consented}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Consenting}.] [F. consentir, fr. L. consentire, sensum, to feel together, agree; con + sentire to feel. See {Sense}.] 1. To agree in opinion or sentiment; to be of the same mind; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • consent — (v.) early 13c., from O.Fr. consentir (12c.) agree, comply, from L. consentire feel together, from com with (see COM (Cf. com )) + sentire to feel. Feeling together, hence, agreeing, giving permission, apparently a sense evolution that took place …   Etymology dictionary

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  • consent to — index approve, authorize, comply, countenance, embrace (accept), indorse, sanction, sustain ( …   Law dictionary

  • consent — vb *assent, accede, acquiesce, agree, subscribe Analogous words: *yield, submit, defer, relent: permit, allow, *let: *approve, sanction: concur (see AGREE) Antonyms: dissent Contrasted words: refuse, * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • consent — ► NOUN ▪ permission or agreement. ► VERB 1) give permission. 2) agree to do. ORIGIN from Latin consentire agree …   English terms dictionary

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