Definitions of assent

  • an expression of approval or agreement

    "For a contract to exist, the parties must assent to the transaction."

  • an expression of approval or agreement from someone who has authority

    "In my view, New York acted in a manner to signify its assent to the 1985 Act."

Phrase Bank for assent

  • The President has given assent to three constitutional reform bills.

  • The contract reflected their mutual assent for Pat to supply the computer programs.

  • She demonstrates her assent to the agreement.

  • The agreement was so unconscionable(=unreasonable) as to render his assent meaningless.

  • You will be considered to have given a silent assent to the information contained in the pre-completed tax return form.

  • Baldwin nodded assent to both propositions.

  • Most of them are likely to give their assent.

  • Your signature below indicates your assent and agreement to the terms and conditions of this letter agreement

  • In addition, if you sign this Agreement within that time period, you may change your mind and rescind your assent to this Agreement if, within seven (7) days.

Additional Notes for assent

  • In legal English, the terms consent and assent are often used interchangeably. However, there is a subtle difference.

    The term assent is used as both a noun and a verb to describe a positive and voluntary agreement: Secondly, the other party must give his assent.

    In contrast, the term consent, also used as both a noun and a verb, is neutral in connotation and can apply even when the agreement is given reluctantly: She had no choice but to consent to the non-compete clause.

Common Mistakes for assent

  • Do not confuse the word ascent (=the action of climbing or moving upwards) with assent (=agreement).


Hi this is Peter and welcome to TransLegal’s lesson of the week. One of the common mistakes that we see in the work that we deal with here at TransLegal is assent and consent being misused. In Legal English, consent and assent are often used interchangeably. There’s a subtle difference though. Assent suggests a positive and voluntary agreement, for example, assent to a proposal of marriage. On the other hand, consent is neutral in meaning and can apply even when the agreement is given reluctantly. So you can see an example here in the second sentence: “The employee consented to the non-compete clause being included in her employment contract”. So here you have voluntary, affirmative assent, here potentially reluctant agreement, or consent. That’s it for today. If you have any questions about the difference between assent and consent please leave a question in the comment box below and myself or one of my colleagues will get back to you as soon as we can. Thanks.