Definition - Noun
1 a  : compliance in or approval of what is done or proposed by another
: the voluntary agreement or acquiescence by a person of age or with requisite mental capacity who is not under duress or coercion and usu. who has knowledge or understanding
see also age of consent informed consent rape statutory rape
b  : a defense claiming that the victim consented to an alleged crime (as rape)
2  : agreement as to action or opinion <shall have power, by and with the advice and ~ of the Senate, to make treaties ­U.S. Constitution art. II> <a contract is formed by the ~ of the parties established through offer and acceptance ­Louisiana Civil Code>
: voluntary agreement by a people to organize a civil society and give authority to a government

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