What does consensus mean?

Definitions for consensus
kənˈsɛn səscon·sen·sus

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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.

    Etymology: From consensus, from consentio; see consent.

  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.

    Etymology: From consensus, from consentio; see consent.

  3. consensus(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From consensus, from consentio; see consent.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Consensus(noun)

    agreement; accord; consent

    Etymology: [L. See Consent.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Consensus

    kon-sen′sus, n. agreement of various parts: agreement in opinion: unanimity.—n. Consen′sion, mutual consent.—adj. Consen′sual, relating to consent.—adv. Consen′sually.—Consensual contract, a contract requiring merely the consent of the parties. [L. consentīre. See Consent.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Consensus

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

Editors Contribution

  1. consensus

    Decision-making that creates and verifies mutual agreement.

    The common consensus globally is we all choose to focus positively on creating optimum health, human rights, right to life and shared prosperity for all people and animals on planet earth together with our love, unity and solidarity.

    Submitted by MaryC on May 20, 2020  

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

How to pronounce consensus?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of consensus in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of consensus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of consensus in a Sentence

  1. Kent Redfield:

    The general consensus is the law is going to be struck down and probably unanimously (by the Illinois Supreme Court).

  2. Jon Fredrik Baksaas:

    I look at Facebook as being more conscientious about operator concerns, we are not 100 percent there, but we are finding consensus.

  3. Hirokazu Kabeya:

    Coming less than a week after the incident in Paris, it would be a natural reaction, even though consensus seems to be growing earlier that the impact of the terror attack would be limited, markets are likely to be going back and forth for now.

  4. Theresa May:

    I know that there is huge frustration from many people that I had to request this extension, but the choices we now face are stark and the timetable is clear. So we must now press on at pace with our efforts to reach consensus on a deal that is in the national interest.

  5. New York City Comptroller Stringer:

    This is the last nail in the coffin for companies claiming investors don't agree on proxy access.  There's now overwhelming consensus among investors in support of 3 percent bylaws for viable proxy access.

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