Before you have surgery, you'd better give your consent, because the surgeon can't get his scalpel anywhere near your skin without first getting this permission from you.

Consent is permission that can be given or taken away. A father might give his consent to allow a young man to marry his daughter, but he might refuse that consent if he learns that the prospective groom has a prison record. A homeowner who won't give a developer consent to tear down her house and build a shopping mall might finally consent after receiving a very large check from the developer.

Definitions of consent

v give an affirmative reply to; respond favorably to

accept, go for
decline, refuse
show unwillingness towards
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consent to engage in sexual intercourse with a man
consent or assent to a condition, or agree to do something
accept despite lack of complete satisfaction
contract in
consent in writing to pay money to a trade union for political use
allow, countenance, let, permit
consent to, give permission
buckle under, give in, knuckle under, succumb, yield
consent reluctantly
take in charge, undertake
accept as a charge
abide, bear, brook, digest, endure, put up, stand, stick out, stomach, suffer, support, tolerate
put up with something or somebody unpleasant
grant a leave to
allow to have or take
agree to plead guilty in return for a lesser charge
come to terms; arrive at an agreement
allow, permit, tolerate
allow the presence of or allow (an activity) without opposing or prohibiting
authorise, authorize, clear, pass
grant authorization or clearance for
accede, acquiesce, assent
to agree or express agreement
accede, bow, defer, give in, submit
yield to another's wish or opinion
admit, include, let in
allow participation in or the right to be part of; permit to exercise the rights, functions, and responsibilities of
favor, favour, privilege
bestow a privilege upon
decriminalise, decriminalize, legalise, legalize, legitimate, legitimatise, legitimatize, legitimise, legitimize
make legal
allow without fear
admit, allow in, intromit, let in
allow to enter; grant entry to
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react, respond
show a response or a reaction to something

n permission to do something

“he indicated his consent
informed consent
consent by a patient to undergo a medical or surgical treatment or to participate in an experiment after the patient understands the risks involved
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approval to do something

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