Definitions

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

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin cōnsēnsus, from past participle of cōnsentīre, to agree; see consent.

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From Latin cōnsēnsus ("agreement, accordance, unanimity"), from cōnsentiō ("feel together; agree"); see consent.

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