ASSENT', n. L. assensus, from assentior, to assent, of ad and sentio, to thing.
1. The act of the mind in admitting, or agreeing to, the truth of a proposition.
Faith is the assent to any proposition, on the credit of the proposer.
2. Consent; agreement to a proposal, respecting some right or interest; as, the bill before the house has the assent of a great majority of the members.
The distinction between assent and consent seems to be this: assent is the agreement to an abstract proposition. We assent to a statement, but we do not consent to it. Consent is an agreement to some proposal or measure which affects the rights or interest of the consenter. We consent to a proposal of marriage. This distinction however is not always observed. See Consent.
3. Accord; agreement. 2Chron. 18.