Meaning of CONSENSUS in English


noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Latin, from consentire Date: 1843 1. general agreement ; unanimity , the judgment arrived at by most of those concerned , group solidarity in sentiment and belief, Usage: The phrase ~ of opinion, which is not actually redundant (see sense 1a; the sense that takes the phrase is slightly older), has been so often claimed to be a redundancy that many writers avoid it. You are safe in using ~ alone when it is clear you mean ~ of opinion, and most writers in fact do so.

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