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.

    Etymology: From consensus, from consentio; see consent.

  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.

    Etymology: From consensus, from consentio; see consent.

  3. consensusnoun

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

    Etymology: From consensus, from consentio; see consent.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Consensusnoun

    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  

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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

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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. Czech Industry Minister Jan Mladek:

    I would narrow this to two options. Either the owners will lower their demands for the sale of worthless shares ... or there will be insolvency, it would have to be significantly less (for the sale), and we would have to reach consensus with the finance minister, which I do not consider to be entirely easy after today's debate in the cabinet.

  2. David Wilcox:

    At the end of 2018 it looked like the economy was moving forward in a continued solid manner, the risks were predominantly to the upside and it was not prominent on our radar screen or anybody's that the trade war's machinations would be taken to the extent that they have been...The news from abroad, by wide consensus, has been disappointing.

  3. Hoshiyar Zebari:

    Iraq is a founding member of OPEC, so we will definitely take part, and the idea would be to reduce production actually to impact the oil price, not sure we will say yes to Venezuela because we need to produce more, because of the challenges we have, but if we believe there would be a consensus, a collective decision then we might go with it.

  4. Mark Mellman:

    When it's a choice between Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden, if you care about defeating President Trump, you're going to be with Joe Biden, more than that, there was a general consensus among elected officials that having Sanders at the top of the ticket would prove a real danger to White House members and Senators to candidates in competitive races.

  5. Randy Frederick:

    Obviously they have to come to a consensus and certainly Yellen drives that more than anyone else but then everyone on the Board and even those that aren’t voters this year go out and say things that are that are completely contradictory, i’m not sure that the new Fed transparency is of any value if they all disagree with each other anyway.

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    call in an official matter, such as to attend court
    • A. summon
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    • C. transpire
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