consensus, consensus of opinion, general consensus
Note that the second syllable in the word consensus begins with an s and not a c.
Redundant expressions with consensus
Because a consensus is a shared opinion, it is redundant to write a consensus of opinion.
- Management and staff struggled for hours to reach a consensus (not a consensus of opinion).
Also, because consensus refers to general agreement among members of a group, using general in front of consensus is like saying general general agreement. Therefore, the modifier general in the familiar expression general consensus is redundant.
- There was a consensus (not general consensus) among seismologists that the earthquake measured 5.0 on the Richter scale.
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