Definitions for Consensuskənˈsɛn səs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

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.

* 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.

Origin of consensus:

1850–55; < L, =consent(īre) to be in agreement, harmony (con-con - +sentīre to feel; cf. sense ) +-tus suffix of v. action

Princeton's WordNet

  1. consensus(noun)

    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"


  1. consensus(Noun)

    A process of decision-making that seeks widespread agreement among group members.

  2. consensus(Noun)

    General agreement among the members of a given group or community, each of which exercises some discretion in decision-making and follow-up action.

  3. consensus(Noun)

    Average projected value, as in the finance term consensus forecast.

  4. Origin: From consensus, from consentio; see consent.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Consensus(noun)

    agreement; accord; consent

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Consensus

    General agreement or collective opinion; the judgment arrived at by most of those concerned.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Consensus' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4806

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Consensus' in Nouns Frequency: #1998

Translations for Consensus

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the feeling of most people

The consensus of opinion is that we should do this.

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