concent, consent

The words concent, consent sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do concent, consent sound the same even though they are completely different words?

The answer is simple: concent, consent are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: noun


  1. :: verb-intransitive

    To give assent, as to the proposal of another; agree. See Synonyms at assent.

  2. :: verb-intransitive

    Archaic To be of the same mind or opinion.

  3. :: noun

    Acceptance or approval of what is planned or done by another; acquiescence. See Synonyms at permission.

  4. :: noun

    Agreement as to opinion or a course of action: She was chosen by common consent to speak for the group.

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About Homophones

Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.

If they are spelled the same then they are also homographs (and homonyms); if they are spelled differently then they are also heterographs (literally "different writing").