He sold their house against his father's will.

I'm quite confused as to as what is the opposite of against someone's will in this context.

Is it with someone's consent?

Please tell me the most natural way to express this.

Thanks in advance.

  • 4
    You've got it..
    – user105719
    Jan 6 '20 at 7:20
  • Assuming you don't mean last will and testament ?
    – Smock
    Jan 6 '20 at 13:31
  • "with [someone]'s consent" implies that [someone] gave permission for something to happen. You could take it one step further and say "with [someone]'s approval", which means that [someone] is actually in favour of what happened.
    – JavaLatte
    Jun 15 '21 at 10:55

You have found a very good one yourself but...

There is the question what does 'will' mean. He did it although his dad said 'no'. Or he did it breaking the terms of his dad's will (document). In the latter case, you will probably be inclined to preseve the reference of the document instead of hiding it in the term 'consent'. In that case:

  • in accordance with someone's will
  • according to someone's will
  • in agreement with someone's will
  • in compliance with someone's will
  • following someone's will
  • ...

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