• 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

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