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1. Of or expressing a consensus: a consensual decision.
a. Law Existing or entered into by mutual consent without formalization by document or ceremony: a consensual marriage; a consensual contract.
b. Involving the willing participation of both or all parties, especially in an illegal transaction or practice: the consensual crimes of prostitution, drug abuse, and illegal gambling.
3. Physiology
a. Of or relating to a reflexive response of one body structure following stimulation of another, such as the concurrent constriction of one pupil in response to light shined in the other.
b. Of or relating to involuntary movement of a body part accompanying voluntary movement of another.

con·sen′su·al·ly adv.
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1. (Law) law (of a contract, agreement, etc) existing by consent
2. (Law) law (of a sexual activity) performed with the consent of all parties involved
3. (Physiology) (of certain reflex actions of a part of the body) responding to stimulation of another part
[from consensus + -al1]
conˈsensually adv
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(kənˈsɛn ʃu əl)

1. formed or existing by mutual consent: a consensual divorce.
2. involuntarily correlative with a voluntary action, as the contraction of the iris when the eye is opened.
[1745–55; < Latin consēnsu-, s. of consēnsus consensus + -al1]
con•sen′su•al•ly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.consensual - existing by consent; "a consensual contract"
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
accordant - being in agreement or harmony; often followed by `with'; "a place perfectly accordant with man's nature"-Thomas Hardy
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[kənˈsensjʊəl] ADJ [approach, decision etc] → consensuado; [sex] → consentido
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[kənˈsɛnʃuəl] adj
[approach, view, decision] → consensuel(le)
(LAW) [sex] → consenti(e)
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(Jur) to be consensualauf (bloßer) mündlicher Übereinkunft beruhen; consensual contractobligatorischer Vertrag
(Physiol) → Reflex-, unwillkürlich
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Although the issue of criminalising consensual underage sex was recently before the Constitutional Court it was never argued in this case that the overly broad mandatory reporting provisions were inconsistent with the constitution but rather that the impact of criminalising consensual underage sex was heightened by them.
NNA - Former President Michel Sleiman called to shun Lebanon the Yemeni conflict and commit to Baabda declaration, announcing that he would accept to run for a second turn but just as a consensual candidate.
* BDI leader Ali Ahmeti said in Gostivar that a consensual presidential candidate meant to them someone who would conduct his or her election campaign alone and who would meet people of all ethnic groups in Macedonia.
The Congress on Wednesday backed the proposed amendments to anti-rape laws, which aims to bring down the age for consensual sex from 18 years to 16 years.
French daily newspaper Le Figaro said: "She said that it was consensual and that the group was playing sexual games.
Summary: The Court of Appeal reduced the one year prison sentence given to a Belgian visitor for having illicit consensual sex to six months on Tuesday.
A TEENAGER locked up for having consensual sex with underage girls - when hewas just 15 - has had his sentence slashed.
Limon serving 17 years in prison for having consensual oral sex with a male minor when Limon was 18.
His characterization of BIDs as somewhat consensual belies the reality, at least in california.
First, because this young woman was a minor, she is the victim of a sexual assault under Maine law, even if the sex was consensual. I trust this crime was reported to the police.
Its task force, including providers, consumer advocates, and health professionals, is defining sexual abuse, inappropriate behavior, and consensual sex, and will develop best practices ranging from least to most intrusive.
Arkansas is one of six states that outlaw the consensual sexual relations of only lesbian and gay adults.

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