from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Agreement; accord; consent.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A general agreement or concord: as, a consensus of opinion.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. agreement in the judgment or opinion reached by a group as a whole
Latin cōnsēnsus, from past participle of cōnsentīre, to agree; see consent.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin cōnsēnsus ("agreement, accordance, unanimity"), from cōnsentiō ("feel together; agree"); see consent. (Wiktionary)