[ noun ] 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"
Used in print(Joyce O. Hertzler, American Social Institutions;...)
Even in the united_states , with its freedom of religious_belief and worship and its vast denominational differentiation , there is a general consensus regarding the basic Christian values .(Douglas Ashford, "Elections in Morocco: Progress...)
In the absence of a reservoir of political consensus each organized political group hopes that the elections will give them new prominence , but in a system where there is as_yet no place for the less prominent .
Lacking the respected and effective institutions that consensus helps provide , minority parties , such_as the P.D.I. in 1957 and the progressive Istiqlal faction in 1958 , clamor for elections when out of power , but are not at_all certain they wish_to be controlled by popular choice when in power .