Essential Meaning of consensus
: a general agreement about something : an idea or opinion that is shared by all the people in a group The (general) consensus (of the group) was to go ahead with the plan. Scientists have not reached a consensus on the cause of the disease. [=scientists do not yet agree about the cause of the disease] See More ExamplesThere is a growing consensus [=more and more people agree] about/on the need for further investigation. What is the consensus of opinion among the experts? [=what do the experts all say?] Everyone on the council seems to understand the need for consensus. There is a lack of consensus among the citizens. The decision was made by consensus.
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