Definition of dissensus in US English:



  • Widespread dissent.

    ‘analysis reveals notable dissensus in evaluations of occupational roles’
    • ‘Let us tactically begin with the social form consensus and its opposite dissensus.’
    • ‘With respect to agreement, dissensus rather than consensus, is the typical finding for all three variables.’
    • ‘The dissensus was more pronounced for victimless crimes.’
    • ‘On the contrary, what is needed are serious cultural interventions able to direct the conversation not only to the creative cross-fertilisations but also to the intercultural misunderstandings, difficulties, dissensus and discord.’
    • ‘With respect to consensus, the average standard deviation of 0.73 is evidence of dissensus rather than consensus.’
    • ‘Once value consensus is eclipsed by dissensus, religion is a natural point of dissension around which political and cultural agendas cluster.’
    • ‘The man's look is unsettled and unsettling but there is no dissensus here.’
    • ‘The more marginal space of poetry, therefore, might rather be that of a dissensus, of which the pull toward margins would be a figurative representation.’
    • ‘The problem in the Ford case was an underlying factor: policy dissensus.’
    • ‘One purpose of the present study is to explore the nature and magnitude of this dissensus by studying the distribution of attitudes and perceptions for different drugs and for different frequencies of use.’
    • ‘Univariate analysis shows dissensus rather than consensus in attitudes and perceptions and that, with the exception of marijuana, control attitudes toward drug use reflect the existing legal code.’
    • ‘Such fragmentation speaks of a polity based on sharp-edged dissensus rather than a reconciliation of positions.’


1960s: from dis- (expressing reversal) + a shortened form of consensus, or from Latin dissensus ‘disagreement’.