American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. 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.
- n. General agreement or accord: government by consensus.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A general agreement or concord: as, a consensus of opinion.
- n. A process of decision-making that seeks widespread agreement among group members.
- n. General agreement among the members of a given group or community, each of which exercises some discretion in decision-making and follow-up action.
- n. Average projected value, as in the finance term consensus forecast.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Agreement; accord; consent.
- n. agreement in the judgment or opinion reached by a group as a whole
- From Latin cōnsēnsus ("agreement, accordance, unanimity"), from cōnsentiō ("feel together; agree"); see consent. (Wiktionary)
- Latin cōnsēnsus, from past participle of cōnsentīre, to agree; see consent. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Later he used the term consensus when he talked about evolution being accepted by all real scientists.”
“So the consensus is these meetings are useless and expensive waste of time.”
“That said, I have fully acknowledged the possibility that the consensus is actually too optimistic, including the possibility (although not probability) of a double-dip recession.”
“One reason for the consensus is the unilateral withdrawal from Gaza in 2005.”
“I think that the consensus is a classic case of a subjective confidence interval that is overstated relative to reality.”
“Another consensus is the American idea that every teenager should get a college education.”
“Seems to me the consensus is here that it was BAD legislation poorly executed.”
“They have the right to tell us what the consensus is and for the rest of us to then toe theline”
“How many times has it been shown in the History of Science that the consensus is at least sometimes wrong?”
“But I do know from talking to many scientists in many disciplines that this consensus is a mirage.”
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