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assent (s) (noun)
, assents (pl)
An agreement, an acceptance, or an approval of a suggestion or plan; especially, after careful consideration: The assent
of all the apartment residents was needed for the regulations that allowed women-only certain hours for swimming in the condominium swimming pool.
There are some who think that assent is considered to be a bit weaker than consent; for example: "A lady may assent to a man's opening the window; however, if he makes a proposal of marriage, he must wait for her consent."
When Karen asked if she could sharpen her pencil, her teacher answered with a brief nod of assent.
assent (uh SENT) (verb)
, assents; assented; assenting
1. To comply with or to agree to something; an act or gesture of agreement or permission; to concur, to accept, or to approve: All of the students and faculty members of the school assented
to getting out of classes early so they could get home before the storm arrived.
The majority of people in the audience assented with the politician's views about not increasing the taxes for food products.
2. Etymology: from Old French assentir, assenter
; from Latin assentari
; from as-
, "to"; a variant of ad-
, before s
, "to feel, to think".