In common speech, consent occurs when one person voluntarily agrees to the proposal or desires of another. The concept of consent has been operationalized in several major contexts, including in law, medicine and sexual relationships. Types of consent include implied consent, expressed consent, informed consent and unanimous consent. Consent as understood in legal contexts may differ from the everyday meaning. For example, a person with a mental disorder, one with a low mental age or one under the legal age of sexual consent may willingly engage in a sexual act, but that consent is not valid in a legal context. UN agencies and initiatives in sex education programs believe that teaching the topic of consent as part of a comprehensive sexuality education is beneficial.
alternative spelling of consensual.
With permission, with consensus, without coercion; allowed without objecting or resisting.
Existing, or made, by the mutual consent of two or more parties.
“a consensual contract”
Excited or caused by sensation, sympathy, or reflex action, and not by conscious volition.
relating to or involving consent or consensus
“consensual sexual activity”
“decision-making was consensual”