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Consensus vs. Unanimous

Difference Between Consensus and Unanimous

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Consensus

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.
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Unanimous

Sharing the same views or opinions, and being in harmony or accord.
We were unanimous: the President had to go.
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Consensus

General agreement or accord
Government by consensus.
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Unanimous

Sharing the same opinions or views; being in complete harmony or accord.
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Consensus

A process of decision-making that seeks widespread agreement among group members.
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Unanimous

Based on or characterized by complete assent or agreement.
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Consensus

General agreement among the members of a given group or community, each of which exercises some discretion in decision-making and follow-up action.
After years of debate over the best wine to serve at Thanksgiving, no real consensus has emerged.
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Unanimous

Based on unanimity, assent or agreement.
The debate went on for hours, but in the end the decision was unanimous.
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Consensus

(computing) An agreement on some data value that is needed during computation.
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Unanimous

Being of one mind; agreeing in opinion, design, or determination; consentient; not discordant or dissentient; harmonious; as, the assembly was unanimous; the members of the council were unanimous.
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Consensus

(attributive) Average projected value.
A financial consensus forecast
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Unanimous

Formed with unanimity; indicating unanimity; having the agreement and consent of all; agreed upon without the opposition or contradiction of any; as, a unanimous opinion; a unanimous vote.
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Consensus

(ambitransitive) To seek consensus; to hold discussions with the aim of reaching mutual agreement.
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Unanimous

In complete agreement;
A unanimous decision
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Consensus

Agreement; accord; consent.
That traditional consensus of society which we call public opinion.
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Unanimous

Acting together as a single undiversified whole;
A solid voting bloc
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Consensus

Agreement in the judgment or opinion reached by a group as a whole;
The lack of consensus reflected differences in theoretical positions
Those rights and obligations are based on an unstated consensus
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