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[usually in singular] A general agreement.[with clause] ‘there is a growing consensus that the current regime has failed’[as modifier] ‘a consensus view’
agreement, harmony, concord, like-mindedness, concurrence, consent, common consent, accord, unison, unity, unanimity, oneness, solidarity, concertgeneral opinion, general view, majority opinion, majority view, common opinion, common viewView synonyms
- ‘The general consensus is that faith in an afterlife is a positive psychological state.’
- ‘We aren't likely to get a consensus about that from the groups who monitored the elections.’
- ‘It was only a few weeks ago that there was a broad consensus that UK interest rates were on the way up.’
- ‘We have to know there is a firm consensus of opinion behind us, and would not press on ahead without it.’
- ‘After the concert the consensus was to head back to our respective hotels and sleep for as long as possible.’
- ‘The general consensus of opinion has it that love is not a good thing for professional sportsmen.’
- ‘They have also helped to undermine the social consensus which used to be so intolerant of crime.’
- ‘The government is struggling to find a consensus over proposals for the state system.’
- ‘There needs to be a clear consensus on what a charity should be in order to be granted any tax and other benefits.’
- ‘We tried to get a consensus of opinion and it proved to be easier than I thought.’
- ‘The consensus among community forums is that the message was probably a warped joke.’
- ‘A consensus on good taste is a futile ambition, for who knows what it would be, and who cares?’
- ‘The general consensus is that they are in public life for what they can get out of it.’
- ‘It's all up for discussion, but the consensus is that most clubs want sections too.’
- ‘There seems to be a growing consensus that any orientation toward the future is somehow out of place.’
- ‘Secondly, what would be a sufficient consensus to ground an appeal to social justice?’
- ‘A strong relationship means that it must depend on a consensus of needs and opinion.’
- ‘Here was a political consensus that a progressive government could have championed.’
- ‘Basically, the consensus appeared to be that the book was better than the movie.’
- ‘The overwhelming consensus is that the lack of knowledge is probably the merciful way it should be.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin, agreement, from consens- agreed, from the verb consentire.
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