dis·​sen·​sus | \ (ˌ)di(s)-ˈsen(t)-səs How to pronounce dissensus (audio) \

Definition of dissensus

: difference of opinion

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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, "One Nation Under a Movie Theater? It’s a Myth.," 7 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of dissensus

1962, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dissensus

dis- + consensus

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“Dissensus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissensus. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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