consensuses

consensus

[kuhn-sen-suhs]
noun, plural consensuses.
1.
majority of opinion: The consensus of the group was that they should meet twice a month.
2.
general agreement or concord; harmony.

Origin:
1850–55; < Latin, equivalent to consent(īre) to be in agreement, harmony (con- con- + sentīre to feel; cf. sense) + -tus suffix of v. action

census, consensus (see usage note at the current entry).


Many say that the phrase consensus of opinion is redundant and hence should be avoided: The committee's statement represented a consensus of opinion. The expression is redundant, however, only if consensus is taken in the sense “majority of opinion” rather than in its equally valid and earlier sense “general agreement or concord.” Criticism of consensus of opinion has been so persistent and widespread that the phrase, even though in common use, occurs only infrequently in edited formal writing. The phrase general consensus is objected to for similar reasons. Consensus is now widely used attributively, especially in the phrase consensus politics.
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consensus (kənˈsɛnsəs)
 
n
general or widespread agreement (esp in the phrase consensus of opinion)
 
usage  Since consensus refers to a collective opinion, the words of opinion in the phrase consensus of opinion are redundant and should therefore be avoided

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consensus
1854, as a term in physiology, 1861 of persons, from L. consensus, pp. of consentire (see consent).
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