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CONSENT

A free act in which a person agrees to do, accept, or reject something. commonly distinguished from assent, which properly belongs in the mind. consent of the will may be partial or total, and only when total, or complete, is a person held fully responsible for is or her actions. Thus it requires full consent for a gravely wrong action to become a mortal sin. (Etym. Latin consentire, to agree to.)

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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