Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
sentireto feel, think. See
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.
Acts xxiv. 9.
assentedto all that was suggested.
Syn. – To yield; agree; acquiesce; concede; concur.
The act of assenting; the act of the mind in admitting or agreeing to anything; concurrence with approval; consent; agreement; acquiescence.
Faith is the
assentto any proposition, on the credit of the proposer.
assent, if not the approbation, of the prince.
Too many people read this ribaldry with
in England, the assent of the sovereign to a bill which has passed both houses of Parliament, after which it becomes law.
Syn. – Concurrence; acquiescence; approval; accord.
Consent. Assent is an act of the understanding, consent of the will or feelings. We assent to the views of others when our minds come to the same conclusion with theirs as to what is true, right, or admissible. We consent when there is such a concurrence of our will with their desires and wishes that we decide to comply with their requests. The king of England gives his assent, not his consent, to acts of Parliament, because, in theory at least, he is not governed by personal feelings or choice, but by a deliberate, judgment as to the common good. We also use assent in cases where a proposal is made which involves but little interest or feeling. A lady may assent to a gentleman's opening the window; but if he offers himself in marriage, he must wait for her consent.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.The act of the mind in admitting, or agreeing to, the truth of a proposition.
Faith is the assent to any proposition, on the credit of the proposer.
2.Consent; agreement to a proposal, respecting some right or interest; as, the bill before the house has the assent of a great majority of the members.
The distinction between assent and consent seems to be this: assent is the agreement to an abstract proposition. We assent to a statement, but we do not consent to it. Consent is an agreement to some proposal or measure which affects the rights or interest of the consenter. We consent to a proposal of marriage. This distinction however is not always observed. [See Consent.]
3.Accord; agreement. 2Chron. 18.