1. An opinion or position reached by a group as a whole: "Among political women ... there is a clear consensus about the problems women candidates have traditionally faced" (Wendy Kaminer). See Usage Note at redundancy.
2. General agreement or accord: government by consensus.
[Latin cōnsēnsus, from past participle of cōnsentīre, to agree; see CONSENT.]
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