consensus

  

Definition

Middle ground in decision making, between total assent and total disagreement. Consensus depends on participants having shared values and goals, and on having broad agreement on specific issues and overall direction. Consensus implies that everyone accepts and supports the decision, and understands the reasons for making it. See also collective responsibility.

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  • My team was asked the final question in the science competition and after we all came to a consensus on the answer we provided it to the judge.

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  • The student council president attempted to build consensus around which theme should be chosen for this year�s spring dance so that planning could begin to move forward.

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  • There was a consensus among the group, but he couldn't shake the feeling that they were overlooking something really important.

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