• WordNet 3.6
    • n consensus agreement in the judgment or opinion reached by a group as a whole "the lack of consensus reflected differences in theoretical positions","those rights and obligations are based on an unstated consensus"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Consensus Agreement; accord; consent. "That traditional consensus of society which we call public opinion."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n consensus A general agreement or concord: as, a consensus of opinion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Consensus kon-sen′sus agreement of various parts: agreement in opinion: unanimity
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  • Abba Eban
    Abba Eban
    “Consensus is what many people say in chorus but do not believe as individuals.”
  • John Major
    John Major
    “A consensus politician is someone who does something that he doesn't believe is right because it keeps people quiet when he does it.”
  • Renata Adler
    Renata Adler
    “Nothing defines the quality of life in a community more clearly than people who regard themselves, or whom the consensus chooses to regard, as mentally unwell.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. See Consent
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. consentīre. See Consent.


In literature:

The consensus of opinion among the most celebrated astronomers is contrary to this view.
"Lectures in Navigation" by Ernest Gallaudet Draper
This, she says, is because of the consensus of opinion that arsenic is deadly.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol 31, No 2, June 1908" by Various
Is consensus synonymous with co-operation?
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
People must ponder and discuss the issues before them until there is some consensus of opinion as to what course should be followed.
"The Next Step" by Scott Nearing
The general consensus of opinion seemed to be that it was as well Andor was going away for three years.
"A Bride of the Plains" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
But as a consensus of authorities places it during this visit, the picture is noticed here.
"Holbein" by Beatrice Fortescue
These rules are the consensus of opinion of a considerable number of good authorities from DeVinne (1901) to Manly and Powell (1913).
"Compound Words" by Frederick W. Hamilton
And from the consensus of opinion thus gathered, he discovered that public sentiment was largely against McClellan Thorpe.
"The Come Back" by Carolyn Wells
Each must promise to abide by the general consensus of the search.
"The Land of Look Behind" by Paul Cameron Brown
With him the Cadogan collar had apparently vanished as mysteriously: thus the consensus.
"The Bandbox" by Louis Joseph Vance
But the consensus of opinion was that these old mildewed remnants of another time were unimportant.
"Roy Blakeley in the Haunted Camp" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
Not like New York, that never expresses an opinion until a sort of consensus has sweated up to the surface.
"Ancestors" by Gertrude Atherton
There seems a consensus of opinion that it degenerated.
"Methods of Authors" by Hugo Erichsen
Stride had been having a little too much whisky, was the consensus of opinion.
"Forging the Blades" by Bertram Mitford
It is self-defence, he says, and he claims that the consensus of learned professional opinion is with him.
"The Children of the Poor" by Jacob A. Riis
The consensus among psychiatrists and psychologists was that the condition stemmed from pathogenic causes.
"Mate in Two Moves" by Winston Marks
There is a general consensus of opinion that this migration took place in Pleistocene times.
"The History of the European Fauna" by R. F. Scharff
The general consensus of mankind really means something.
"The Day of His Youth" by Alice Brown
This seems to be the consensus of opinion among those who have studied the matter deeply.
"Cyclopedia of Telephony and Telegraphy, Vol. 2" by Kempster Miller
Everything is decided at the top, a 'consensus' among the leaders of the Liberal Democratic Party.
"Project Daedalus" by Thomas Hoover

In news:

A bipartisan consensus to curb deficit spending and alter pending automatic tax hikes and spending cuts is crucial to America's future.
Westpac Chief Cautious Despite Consensus -beating Result.
However, a consensus on the issue could not be reached.
McCulloch's consensus style makes him top choice for SC House 75.
In a statement read by its spokesman, the National Salvation Front also called for mass protests on Tuesday against a draft constitution that it said lacked consensus and did not properly represent the interests of women and minorities.
There was a consensus that Notre Dame would be unable to slow down Oklahoma.
The 87-foot face isn't a true replica of Crazy Horse -- there is no consensus about what he looked like -- but an artistic expression of him, its creators say.
The consensus deadline for averting the fiscal cliff without much disruption to the economy is Dec 21.
No consensus on when the ad sales will resume growth.
Asia stocks higher after US data beats consensus.
There is broad consensus among policy-makers, advocates and thought-leaders that the federal government needs to use available transportation funds more effectively.
Jabari Parker, considered the consensus top basketball recruit in the 2013 class, sat and addressed a throng of media at the NBA Players Association Top 100 camp in Charlottesville, Va.
One person did not want to comply, but the group acts by consensus, Moore added.
Fiscal cliff': Consensus on hiking tax revenue, a gulf on how to do it .
Fiscal cliff': Consensus on increasing tax revenue, a wide gulf on how to do it .

In science:

If changes in critical properties due to random fields can be described by dimensional reduction, the consensus prediction3,5 is that random fields reduce the effective dimensionality by 2 − η , where η is the exponent for the decay of magnetization correlations.
Crossover from classical to random-field critical exponents in As-doped TbVO4
Clearly, a consensus result has not been reached yet.
EROs in the EIS Fields. I: The AXAF (Chandra) Deep Field
The work establishes that the structures of α- and β -tubulin are nearly identical and confirms the consensus speculation. A detailed examination shows that each monomer is formed by a core of two β -sheets that are surrounded by α-helices.
Quantum Computation in Brain Microtubules? Decoherence and Biological Feasibility
No consensus about likely mechanisms responsible for the dissipation of the Poynting flux has been reached so far, though several models have been proposed (e.g. ).
Neutron Stars as Sources of High Energy Particles - the case of RPP
Furthermore, unitarity corrections may affect it, and there is no consensus on how to incorporate them.
Diffusion corrections to the hard pomeron
This work led to a consensus on what the main characteristics of the Mixmaster dynamics were but until recently there were no rigorous proofs.
Applications of the theory of evolution equations to general relativity
Specifically, what exactly does one mean when he speaks of the mass of a black hole? There is no general consensus on the answer to this question [30, 34, 43].
Variational Principles in General Relativity
The current consensus is such models are not integrable in the Liouville sense, and do not admit the construction of a Lax pair.
Areal Theory
More recently, CMS undertook a ma jor requirements and consensus building effort to modernise this vision of a distributed computing model to a Gridbased computing infrastructure.
CMS Data Analysis: Current Status and Future Strategy
Further, there is no consensus among scientists, poets or philosophers on what constitutes a good quantitative measure of complexity.
From Knowledge, Knowability and the Search for Objective Randomness to a New Vision of Complexity
In fact the foundation of all of science, which by consensus is physics, has this problem at its very core: quantum mechanics. A familiar example of the paradoxes in quantum mechanics should suffice; let us consider Shr¨odinger’s cat.
From Knowledge, Knowability and the Search for Objective Randomness to a New Vision of Complexity
There is general consensus that this is the correct choice of Bn triangulation: see [Sim], [FZ].
Tamari lattices and noncrossing partitions in type B and beyond
In particular, consensus is growing that a dedicated polarization experiment is an inevitable step in constraining the GRB mechanism.
Can a simple instrument measure polarization in gamma-ray bursts?
Over the last couple of decades a general consensus has emerged concerning remnants of classical chaos in quantum physics.
Quantum correlations from Brownian diffusion of chaotic level-spacings
Also this problem is now gone and the modern consensus is that the solar oblateness is too small to affect this classic test of general relativity [2, 3, 4].
The physics of rotational flattening and the point core model