What does consensus mean?

Definitions for consensus
kənˈsɛn səscon·sen·sus

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. consensusnoun

    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. consensusnoun

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

  2. consensusnoun

    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. consensusnoun

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

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


  1. consensus

    Consensus decision-making or consensus process (often abbreviated to consensus) are group decision-making processes in which participants develop and decide on proposals with the aim, or requirement, of acceptance by all. The focus on establishing agreement of at least the majority or the supermajority and avoiding unproductive opinion differentiates consensus from unanimity, which requires all participants to support a decision.


  1. consensus

    Consensus can be defined as a general agreement or harmony among a group of individuals regarding a particular decision, opinion, or course of action. It implies that a majority or a significant number of participants have reached a mutual understanding, resolving any differences or conflicts in order to achieve a common goal or outcome. Consensus is often attained through deliberation, discussion, and negotiation, aiming to ensure that everyone's perspectives and interests are considered and incorporated into a collective decision-making process. It is an essential principle in democratic systems and group dynamics, promoting cooperation, unity, and effective problem-solving.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Consensusnoun

    agreement; accord; consent

  2. 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  

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  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

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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. Jim Manley:

    Once she got to the Senate, she was determined to work with Republicans, the senator I saw was someone who was very cautious. She picked an issue and worked very hard to build consensus.

  2. Olivier Jakob:

    It's difficult to say if there is one consensus move to another platform, it will take time.

  3. Le Maire:

    For the first tine there is wide consensus among the G20 members on the necessity of having a new international taxation system, we have to address the issue of digital companies making profits in many countries without any physical presence, which means without paying the due level of taxes.

  4. Geng Shuang:

    We believe this shows the United States' desire to reach consensus with China on trade issues, this is a positive signal.

  5. Robert Nicholson:

    A consensus is emerging, the minorities of Iraq want to remain in Iraq, but not as victims to be pitied – they want to be masters of their own fate.

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