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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.

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Aquinas takes the distinction between the seen and the unseen to be sharp: "[A]s soon as something begins to be present or apparent, the object cannot fall under the act of faith," (20) but anything short of seeing makes room for the assent of faith.
Now let's consider what makes testimonial assent to the unseen justified.
c) The Bill shall become law if the Assembly again passes it by two-thirds majority of all its members, and the assent of the President shall not be required for that Bill to come into force.
The Canadian Parliament gave its assent for a new royal style and titles directly to the Queen solely as Queen of Canada, not as the Commonwealth's shared Queen.
The assent of the Parliament of Canada is hereby given to the omission from the Royal Style and Titles of the words 'Indiae Imperator' and 'Emperor of India"
That this is so becomes most clear when we consider not only Epictetus' relative disregard for the distinction between episteme and doxa, but also his more realistic attitude concerning the third field of study, which consists in achieving such a security in our beliefs or assents 'that even in dreams, or drunkenness, or a state of melancholy-madness, a man may not be taken unaware by the appearance of an untested impression' (3.
Epictetus' conception of the psychology of human action is strongly in line with the mainstream position on the subject that we find in early Stoic sources (1), a position that considers every human action as a sequence of three distinct mental events: an impression (phantasia), an act of assent (synkatathesis (2)) to that impression, and an impulse (horme) to act (3).
Assent, on the other hand, is the invert correspondent to overt categorical assertion; this is to say that assent implies "the absence of any condition or reservation of any kind, looking neither before nor behind, as resting in [itself] and being intrinsically complete" (25-26).
But if in doing so, Catholics at the end of the day say: "I simply cannot internally assent to that," I would argue they have genuinely done all the church has asked of them.
c) If this article or other law requires assent to a particular term, a person or electronic agent does not manifest assent to that term unless it had an opportunity to review the term and the manifestation of assent relates specifically to the term.
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