- majority of opinion: The consensus of the group was that they should meet twice a month.
- general agreement or concord; harmony.
Origin of consensus
- agreement of the people.
Examples from the Web for consensus
But there is no consensus about what the attrition of ISIS looks like.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War
Nancy A. Youssef
January 7, 2015
It all began, the consensus seems to be, with the red jungle fowl.The History of the Chicken: How This Humble Bird Saved Humanity
December 27, 2014
The consensus leans toward forbidding it, though some people of knowledge think it permissible.ISIS Jihadis Get ‘Slavery for Dummies’
December 9, 2014
The consensus among the legal establishment is that Wilson will not be indicted.Ferguson Tensions in Black and White
November 21, 2014
Fifty years later, the Reagan consensus prevails, it seems to me, more so than Roosevelt consensus.This Republican Loved Taxes & Modern Art
November 19, 2014
There was a consensus of opinion as to the importance of the news.At the Point of the Bayonet
G. A. Henty
It was the consensus of opinion that the only thing that prevented his swimming was his curls.Watch Yourself Go By
Al. G. Field
The 1964 presidential election was at hand to test this consensus.Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965
Morris J. MacGregor, Jr.
The consensus of a number promises triumph for the impulse, whatever it is.
There is no consensus expressed in it and the symbolism is elaborate.
- general or widespread agreement (esp in the phrase consensus of opinion)
Word Origin and History for consensus
1854 as a term in physiology; 1861 of persons; from Latin consensus "agreement, accord," past participle of consentire (see consent). There is an isolated instance of the word from 1633.