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con·sen·sus

 (kən-sĕn′səs)
n.
1. An opinion or position reached by a group as a whole: "Among political women ... there is a clear consensus about the problems women candidates have traditionally faced" (Wendy Kaminer). See Usage Note at redundancy.
2. General agreement or accord: government by consensus.

[Latin cōnsēnsus, from past participle of cōnsentīre, to agree; see consent.]

consensus

(kənˈsɛnsəs)
n
general or widespread agreement (esp in the phrase consensus of opinion)
[C19: from Latin, from consentīre to feel together, agree; see consent]
Usage: Since consensus refers to a collective opinion, the words of opinion in the phrase consensus of opinion are redundant and should therefore be avoided

con•sen•sus

(kənˈsɛn səs)

n., pl. -sus•es.
1. collective judgment or belief; solidarity of opinion: The consensus of the group was that they should meet twice a month.
2. general agreement or concord; harmony.
[1850–55; < Latin, =consent(īre) to be in agreement, harmony (con- con- + sentīre to feel; compare sense) + -tus suffix of v. action]
usage: The expression consensus of opinion is sometimes criticized as being redundant on the basis that consensus alone conveys the meaning. Although the redundancy argument is weakened if consensus is taken in its earlier and valid sense of “general agreement or concord,” the criticism against this phrase has been so persistent that consensus of opinion occurs only infrequently in edited formal writing. The phrase general consensus is also objected to as redundant.

consensus

- Came into English in a physiological sense, meaning "a set of organs" or the "involuntary or reflex actions of the nervous system."
See also related terms for organs.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.consensus - agreement in the judgment or opinion reached by a group as a whole; "the lack of consensus reflected differences in theoretical positions"; "those rights and obligations are based on an unstated consensus"
accord, agreement - harmony of people's opinions or actions or characters; "the two parties were in agreement"

consensus

noun agreement, general agreement, unanimity, common consent, unity, harmony, assent, concord, concurrence The declaration reflects a growing consensus on the types of reform necessary in developing countries.

consensus

noun
The quality or condition of being in complete agreement or harmony:
Translations
إِجْماعإجْماع في الرّأي
konsenzusshoda
enighedkonsensus
yksimielisyys
konsenzussporazumsuglasnost
általános megegyezésközvélemény
konsensus
almennt álit
コンセンサス
일치
bendras sutarimas
saskaņavienprātība
konsensuszgoda
konsensussamstämmighet
ความคิดเห็นของคนส่วนใหญ่
fikir birliğioy birliğiuyuşma
sự đồng thuận

consensus

[kənˈsensəs] Nconsenso m
the consensus of opinionel consenso general

consensus

[kənˈsɛnsəs] nconsensus m
the consensus is that ..., the general consensus is that ... → le consensus veut que ..., l'opinion dominante est que ...

consensus

nÜbereinstimmung f; (= accord also)Einigkeit f; what’s the consensus?was ist die allgemeine Meinung?; the consensus is that …man ist allgemein der Meinung, dass …; there’s a consensus (of opinion) in favour of …die allgemeine Mehrheit ist für …; cabinet decisions are based on consensusEntscheidungen des Kabinetts beruhen auf einem Mehrheitsbeschluss; there was no consensus (among them)sie waren sich nicht einig, es gab keinen Konsens unter ihnen (form); consensus politicsPolitik fdes Konsensus or Miteinander

consensus

[kənˈsɛnsəs] nconsenso
the consensus of opinion → l'opinione f unanime or comune

consensus

(kənˈsensəs) noun
the feeling of most people. The consensus of opinion is that we should do this.

consensus

إِجْماع konsenzus enighed Übereinstimmung ομοφωνία consenso yksimielisyys consensus suglasnost consenso コンセンサス 일치 consensus enighet zgoda unanimidade единодушие samstämmighet ความคิดเห็นของคนส่วนใหญ่ oy birliği sự đồng thuận 共识

consensus

n. consenso.
References in classic literature ?
In all these cases the children were too young to give any properly intelligible account of themselves, but the consensus of their excuses is that they had been with a "bloofer lady.
There is a stamp of unity, of individual genius upon it, which inclines me to the former hypothesis, though I am not blind to the consideration that this unity may rather have arisen from that consensus of many minds which was a condition of primitive thought, foreign to our modern consciousness.
Her escape seemed to them little short of miraculous, and it was the consensus of opinion that it could have been achieved by no other man than Tarzan of the Apes.
The guiding document of the conference was the Monterrey Consensus, a 16-page statement of purpose drafted beforehand to frame the terms of the debate, to set policy guidelines, and, above all, to encourage consensus -- as the title implies -- among the various state delegations and NGOs in attendance.
A second San Fernando Valley business group raised concerns on Thursday over a proposed consensus City Charter reform proposal, and the leader of an influential Valley homeowners group questioned whether the reforms go far enough.
Nancy Holland, the Society created a task force to review data and seek a consensus among nationally recognized MS experts regarding the best use of the 3 new drugs that control MS.
For nearly two decades, the Federal government has supported a consensus that affects a common complaint of nursing home residents - bland food.
The EITF reached a consensus that the investor should not recognize affordable housing credits in its financial statements before their recognition in the investor's tax return.
Tobin tax proposals figured prominently in the technical notes and early drafts of the Monterrey Consensus (the rambling 16-page agreement prepared in advance as the guiding document for the conference).
The decision by Consensus Planning Group, outlined in a one-page letter to airport officials, comes as a Los Angeles City Council panel is scheduled to review the reasons behind the departure of Edelman Worldwide less than three weeks after its contract was renewed.
For years it made a point of not joining the consensus at these meetings.

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