Meaning of CONSENSUS in English



Pronunciation: k ə n- ' sen(t)-s ə s

Function: noun

Usage: often attrib

Etymology: Latin, from consentire

Date: 1843

1 a : general agreement : UNANIMITY <the consensus of their opinion, based on reports ⋯ from the border ― John Hersey> b : the judgment arrived at by most of those concerned <the consensus was to go ahead>

2 : group solidarity in sentiment and belief

usage The phrase consensus 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 consensus alone when it is clear you mean consensus of opinion, and most writers in fact do so.

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