dis·​sen·​sus (ˌ)di(s)-ˈsen(t)-səs How to pronounce dissensus (audio)
: difference of opinion

Examples of dissensus in a Sentence

a democracy relies on dissensus as much as on consensus
Recent Examples on the Web These dramas of politics — each involving the high court’s first black justice — arrive at a singularly contentious political moment in an atmosphere of angry, sometimes violent dissensus. Manohla Dargis and A.o. Scott, New York Times, 7 Sep. 2017

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Word History


dis- + consensus

First Known Use

1962, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dissensus was in 1962

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“Dissensus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissensus. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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