Meaning of “consensus” in the English Dictionary

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"consensus" in British English

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consensusnoun [ S or U ]

uk /kənˈsen.səs/ us /kənˈsen.səs/

C2 a generally accepted opinion or decision among a group of people:

The general consensus in the office is that he can't do his job.
Could we reach a consensus on this matter? Let's take a vote.

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  • We were unable to reach a consensus about membership fees.
  • There is little consensus about the issue of smacking children.
  • We managed to get a consensus about not smoking in the office.

(Definition of “consensus” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"consensus" in American English

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consensusnoun [ C/U ]

us /kənˈsen·səs/

a generally accepted opinion; wide agreement:

They’re trying to build a consensus on the need to improve the city’s schools.

(Definition of “consensus” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"consensus" in Business English

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consensusnoun [ S or U ]

uk /kənˈsensəs/ us

a generally accepted opinion among a group of people:

The consensus among City economists is that interest rates will be held at 1%.

agreement among a group of people:

consensus on/about sth Achieving an international consensus on these issues is proving difficult.
a general/broad/growing consensus There is a growing consensus about the best methods for reducing carbon emissions.
reach/build/agree a consensus Our top priority must be building a consensus with legislators.
The process of taking decisions by consensus can be fraught with difficulty.

(Definition of “consensus” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)