consent

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
  1. verb
    give an affirmative reply to; respond favorably to
    synonyms: accept, go for
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    Antonyms:
    balk, decline, refuse
    show unwillingness towards
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    give
    consent to engage in sexual intercourse with a man
    agree
    consent or assent to a condition, or agree to do something
    settle
    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, 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
    furlough
    grant a leave to
    give
    allow to have or take
    plea-bargain
    agree to plead guilty in return for a lesser charge
    bargain
    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
    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
    trust
    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
  2. noun
    permission to do something
    “he indicated his consent
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    types:
    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
    type of:
    permission
    approval to do something
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