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assent

Agreement by a minor or other person not competent, such as a child or cognitively impaired person, to give legally valid informed consent to participate in research.

The concept of assent is based on the assumption that while a child has sufficient capacity to understand a procedure and agree with parental decisions, he or she does not have the autonomy to request and consent to a procedure on his or her own.

assent

Medical ethics Agreement by a minor or other person not competent to give legally valid informed consent–eg, a child or cognitively impaired person–to participate in research. Cf Informed consent.
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As is evident, however, these techniques do not stand on their own in Epictetus' global pedagogical enterprise, because they are entirely dependent on their content, i.e., on the ideas or principles (69) that are being exercised: it is not the act of repeating to ourselves any piece of knowledge that contributes to our moral progress; moreover, the goal of critically assenting only to true impressions can be reached only if the correct beliefs are at hand whenever we are faced with any given impression.
Even if we grant that a critical analysis of the impressions that come to my mind is a necessary condition for my actions (or at least my impulses (70)) to be virtuous, it is certainly not a sufficient condition--after all, I can spend days or even months deliberating about whether the impression 'it is kathekon to do X' is true or not, and yet end up assenting to the wrong alternative.
In other words, if we did not have the capacity to voluntarily refrain from assenting even in cases where the impression appears to us to be completely truthful, Epictetus demand that we exercise or perform a critical examination of our impressions would be a demand that we could not possibly meet.
Given that the passage does not focus on the rash assent of the vicious individual, it might be taken to mean that there is no critical assessment at all of an impression before assenting to it, given that we assent euthus.