Royal assent
Assent As*sent", n. [OE. assent, fr. assentir. See {Assent}, v.] The act of assenting; the act of the mind in admitting or agreeing to anything; concurrence with approval; consent; agreement; acquiescence. [1913 Webster]

Faith is the assent to any proposition, on the credit of the proposer. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

The assent, if not the approbation, of the prince. --Prescott. [1913 Webster]

Too many people read this ribaldry with assent and admiration. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

{Royal assent}, in England, the assent of the sovereign to a bill which has passed both houses of Parliament, after which it becomes law. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Concurrence; acquiescence; approval; accord.

Usage: {Assent}, {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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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