assent

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v assent to agree or express agreement "The Maestro assented to the request for an encore"
    • n assent agreement with a statement or proposal to do something "he gave his assent eagerly","a murmur of acquiescence from the assembly"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Assent The act of assenting; the act of the mind in admitting or agreeing to anything; concurrence with approval; consent; agreement; acquiescence. "Faith is the assent to any proposition, on the credit of the proposer.""The assent , if not the approbation, of the prince.""Too many people read this ribaldry with assent and admiration."
    • v. t Assent To admit a thing as true; to express one's agreement, acquiescence, concurrence, or concession. "Who informed the governor . . . And the Jews also assented , saying that these things were so.""The princess assented to all that was suggested."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • assent To admit a proposition as true; express an agreement of the mind to what is alleged or proposed; concur; acquiesce: with to before an object.
    • assent Synonyms To agree, subscribe.
    • assent To agree to; approve; determine.
    • n assent The act of the mind in admitting or agreeing to the truth of a proposition proposed for acceptance.
    • n assent Consent; concurrence; acquiescence; agreement to a proposal: as, the bill before the house has the assent of a great majority of the members.
    • n assent Accord; agreement; approval.
    • n assent Opinion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Assent as-sent′ to think or concur with, to admit as true (with to)
    • n Assent an agreeing or acquiescence: compliance
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Quotations

  • John Jay Chapman
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    “You can get assent to almost any proposition so long as you are not going to do anything about it.”
  • Emily Dickinson
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    “Assent -- and you are sane -- , demur -- you're straightway dangerous -- , and handled with a Chain -- .”
  • Aldous Huxley
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    “That all men are equal is a proposition to which, at ordinary times, no sane human being has ever given his assent.”
  • Georges Bataille
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    “Eroticism is assenting to life even in death.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. assentir, L. assentire, assentiri,; ad, + sentire, to feel, think. See Sense

Usage

In literature:

Nothing can more clearly show the moderate qualities of Albert than that he should have assented to such a plan.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott
Was this assented to by the nation at large?
"Pinnock's Improved Edition of Dr. Goldsmith's History of Rome" by Oliver Goldsmith
It was only with the assent of the wise men that the king could make laws and declare war and assign public lands and name public officers.
"History of the English People, Volume I (of 8)" by John Richard Green
Twelve commissioners, with Earl Gilbert at their head, were appointed on Henry's assent to arrange terms on reconciliation.
"History of the English People, Volume II (of 8)" by John Richard Green
Stephen made successive statements of assent.
"Hilda" by Sarah Jeanette Duncan
It is your own assent to yourself, and the constant voice of your own reason, and not of others, that should make you believe.
"Pascal's Pensées" by Blaise Pascal
He had hoped that the Chayan would assent to this suggestion.
"The Delight Makers" by Adolf Bandelier
It is lawful, it is even necessary, to refuse assent to the dictates of such a conscience.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
Venus feigns assent to Juno's proposal that AEneas shall marry Dido and be king of Carthage.
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
I said thus much, and the truth of my remark was eagerly assented to.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
On the other hand, no order of the general court was to bind the colony until assented to by the assembly.
"The Life of George Washington, Vol. 1 (of 5)" by John Marshall
It was feared that many of the delegates would refuse to give their individual assent to the Constitution.
"The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation"
But Lord Chiltern would not assent to this.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
But Charles, notwithstanding his public declaration, was far from assenting to this conclusion in its full extent.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part E. From Charles I. to Cromwell" by David Hume
This assent, however, was extorted by the importunities of the king of England, whom he durst not disoblige.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
He dined at home, and asked, or rather assented to Alice's asking, George and Kate Vavasor to join the dinner-party.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
He was so frightened that he even nodded assent to her last words.
"The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari" by James S. De Benneville
Her voice was kind, but had the expectation of assent in it, and Nick observed both the good nature and the pressure.
"The Tragic Muse" by Henry James
She assented, and they went forth.
"Eventide" by Effie Afton
The Convention assented to this last and referred the other questions to it.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
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In poetry:

His principles are very light,
If he is not contented
To be traduced for doing right,
When once he has assented.
"No Enemies" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
Till, at ending, all the judges
Cry with one assent
"Take the prize--a prize who grudges
Such a voice and instrument?
Why, we took your lyre for harp,
So it shrilled us forth F sharp!"
"A Tale" by Robert Browning
Her face was quiet and innocent,
And beautiful with her strange assent.
A silver thread about her head
Her halo was poised. But in the stead
Of her gown, there remained
The vellum, unstained.
"The Book Of Hours Of Sister Clotilde" by Amy Lowell
"For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,
For ever and ever:" these titles are meant
To express God's dominion and majesty o'er ye:
And "Amen" to the sense of the whole gives assent.
"On The Lord's Prayer" by Charles Lamb
"Waft me, ye gales, from this malignant shore;
"The Northern milder climes I long to greet,
"There hope that health will my arrival meet."
Soon as she spoke in my ideal view
The winds assented, and the vessel flew.
"To a Lady on Her Coming to North-America" by Phillis Wheatley
to bed, and to worse dreams he went.
A ring of skeletons compelled
his steps with theirs. His father held
fiddle and bow, and scraped assent
to the malignant ballet. The child dreamed
this dance perpetual, and waking screamed
"The Glass Jar" by Gwen Harwood

In news:

Brink's 41% Premium Seen in Deal Assent : Real M&A.
Penn State trustees back president's assent to sanctions.
Obama Health-Care Assent by Court Precedes S&P Rally.
The Assessment of the Safety and Efficacy of a New Thrombolytic Regimen ( ASSENT )-3 Investigators.
Assessment of the Safety and Efficacy of a New Thrombolytic ( ASSENT -2) Investigators.
Assessment of the Safety and Efficacy of a New Thrombolytic (ASSENT-2) Investigators.
In Britain Parliament approved the treaty just in time for the EU summit that began late on June 19th (the queen gave royal assent that morning).
Such a walkout would require the assent of union representatives from at least 10 of the 14 campuses, and could come at any time.
And who by brave assent, who by accident, who in solitude, who in this mirror.
In Sunday's Guardian Unlimited and other UK papers, the talk was about the new Work and Families Act, which gained support from the Royal Assent recently.
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In science:

Summing all above, directivity’s quite low values do not assent to the modification of the antenna’s geometry unless if a low SWR design is attempted regardless of the directivity.
"D-Dimond1", Prototype Antenna RGA-05
In science, ’fact’ can only mean ’confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent.’ I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow, but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms.
The quantum origins of the cosmological asymmetry
As this grand effort now reaches the five standard deviation statistical threshold that by conventional assent represents “discovery”, we stand with the rest of the world’s scientific community to raise a glass.
Testing No-Scale F-SU(5): A 125 GeV Higgs Boson and SUSY at the 8 TeV LHC
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