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An intentional approval of known facts that are offered by another for acceptance; agreement; consent.

Express assent is manifest confirmation of a position for approval. Implied assent is that which the law presumes to exist because the conduct of the parties demonstrates their intentions. Mutual assent, sometimes called the meeting of the minds of the parties, is the reciprocal agreement of each party to accept all the terms and conditions in a contract.


noun acceptance, accord, accordance, acquiescence, adsensio, affirmance, affirmation, agreement, approbation, approval, compliance, concord, concordance, concurrence, confirmation, consent, consentaneity, endorsement, permission, ratification, recognition, sanction, submission, willing consent, willingness
Associated concepts: legal assent
Foreign phrases: Nemo videtur fraudare eos qui sciunt et consentiunt.No one is considered as deceiving those who know and consent to his acts. Non refert an quis assennum suum praefert verbis, aut rebus ipsis et factis. It is immaterial whether a man gives assent by his words or by his acts and deeds.


verb accede, accept, accord, acknowledge, acquiesce, adnuere, adsentari, agree, allow, approve, comply, concede, concur, confirm, conform to, consent, embrace an offer, endorse, express concurrence, favor, give consent, homologate, permit, ratify, recognize, sanction, subscribe to
Associated concepts: assent by acts, assent by gestures, assent by silence, express assent, implied assent, judicial assent, mutual assent
Foreign phrases: Qui non prohibet id quod prohibere potest assentire videtur.He who does not forbid what he is able to prevent, is deemed to assent. Qui tacet consennire videtur, ubi tractatur de ejus commodo. He who is silent is deemed to consent.
See also: abide, accede, acceptance, accordance, acknowledgment, acquiescence, adduce, admit, affirmance, agree, agreement, allow, approval, approve, bear, capitulation, certify, charter, coincide, compliance, comply, compromise, concede, concession, concordance, concur, confirm, confirmation, conformity, consent, corroborate, defer, deference, endure, franchise, grant, indorsement, leave, let, license, obey, pass, permission, permit, promise, ratification, sanction, stipulate, submit, subscribe, subscription, suffer, understanding, vouchsafe, yield

ASSENT, contracts. An agreement to something that has been done before.
     2. It is either express, where it is openly declared; or implied, where it is presumed by law. For instance, when a conveyance is made to a man, his assent to it is presumed, for the following reasons; cause there is a strong intendment of law, that it is for a person's benefit to take, and no man can be supposed to be unwilling to do that which is for his advantage. 2. Because it would seem incongruous and absurd, that when a conveyance is completely executed on the part of the grantor, the estate should continue in him. 3. Because it is contrary to the policy of law to permit the freehold to remain in suspense and uncertainty. 2 Ventr. 201; 3 Mod. 296A 3 Lev. 284; Show. P. C. 150; 3 Barn. & Alders. 31; 1 Binn. R. 502; 2 Hayw. 234; 12 Mass IR. 461 4 Day, 395; 5 S. & R. 523 20 John. R. 184; 14 S. & R. 296 15 Wend. R. 656; 4 Halst. R. 161; 6 Verm. R. 411.
     3. When a devise draws after it no charge or risk of loss, and is, therefore, a mere bounty, the assent of the devisee to, take it will be presumed. 17 Mass. 73, 4. A dissent properly expressed would prevent the title from passing from the grantor unto the grantee. 1 2 Mass. R. 46 1. See 3 Munf. R. 345; 4 Munf. R. 332, pl. 9 5 Serg. & Rawle, 523; 8 Watts, R. 9, 11 20 Johns. R. 184. The rule requiring an express dissent, does not apply, however, when the grantee is bound to pay a consideration for the thing granted. 1 Wash. C. C. Rep. 70.
     4. When an offer to do a thing has been made, it is not binding on the party making it, until the assent of the other party has been given and such assent must be to the same subject-matter, in the same sense. 1 Summ. 218. When such assent is given, before the offer is withdrawn, the contract is complete. 6 Wend. 103. See 5 Wend. 523; 5 Greenl. R. 419; 3 Mass. 1; 8 S. R. 243; 12 John. 190; 19 John. 205; 4 Call, R. 379 1 Fairf. 185; and Offer.
     5. In general, when an assignment is made to one for the benefit of creditors the assent of the assignees will be presumed. 1 Binn. 502, 518; 6 W. & S. 339; 8 Leigh, R. 272, 281. But see 24 Wend. 280.

References in classic literature ?
He remained silent, not feeling inclined to assent to the part of Dolly's speech which he fully understood--her recommendation that he should go to church.
The bold design Pleas'd highly those infernal States, and joy Sparkl'd in all thir eyes; with full assent They vote: whereat his speech he thus renews.
Shall I write to Donovan Brown that his letters have gained the cordial assent and sympathy of Sir Charles Brandon?
Here was a unanimous and personal assent, by all the individuals of the community, to the association by which they became a nation.
It may perhaps be asked what need there is of reasoning or proof to illustrate a position which is not either controverted or doubted, to which the understandings and feelings of all classes of men assent, and which in substance is admitted by the opponents as well as by the friends of the new Constitution.
On examining the first relation, it appears, on one hand, that the Constitution is to be founded on the assent and ratification of the people of America, given by deputies elected for the special purpose; but, on the other, that this assent and ratification is to be given by the people, not as individuals composing one entire nation, but as composing the distinct and independent States to which they respectively belong.
The eye of Noirtier clearly showed by its expression that he was not deceived by the false assent given by Madame de Villefort's words and manner to the motives which she supposed him to entertain.
Chatillon bowed in token of assent and they all went out, stopping at the window of a gallery on the ground floor.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
You delude me with a false assent, and then I am at the mercy of your devices.
matter has not hitherto commanded the assent of attorneys, no one
There are, if I am not mistaken, at least three different kinds of belief-feeling, which we may call respectively memory, expectation and bare assent.