Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

consensus

consensus
Meaning(s)
1) a general agreement among a group of people
  • How to MemorizePopularity MediumProfessional MediumSocial
    • the general consensus of the group/family/people
  • Analysis
    A consensus (noun) is a word for an agreement understood between two or more people. You will often hear this used in meetings, for example when people ask, "have we reached a consensus?" in order to check if everyone is in agreement with one another. In political discussions, one politician may reach a consensus with another during negotiations. 
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. We had a long meeting to discuss how to approach our new advertising campaign, but we were unable to reach a consensus on the matter. We'll try again tomorrow.
    2. As most of us didn't have an umbrella, the general consensus of the group was that it would be best to wait for the weather to improve before leaving the hotel.
    3. There is little consensus among historians as to the book's true author. They continue to debate the matter back and forth.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. We had a long meeting to discuss how to approach our new advertising campaign, but we were unable to reach a consensus on the matter. We'll try again tomorrow.
    2. The general consensus is that we cannot meet the criteria the client has given us within the current budget constraints.
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