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consensus

[kən′sen·səs]
(science and technology)
A method of checking or confirming the correctness of an observation or report, based on agreement between different observers.

consensus

the existence within a society community or group, of a fundamental agreement on basic values. While some sociologists, notably Talcott PARSONS, emphasize the existence of such shared values as the basis of any persisting social order, other sociologists do not, pointing to the frequency with which social systems may be held together by reciprocal interests or by force. See also LEGITIMATE AUTHORITY, NORMATIVE FUNCTIONALISM, SOCIAL INTEGRATION AND SYSTEM INTEGRATION. POLITICAL CONSENSUS, DOMINANT IDEOLOGY THESIS.
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Jamat-e-Islami's Sahibzada Tariqullah said Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah can be a consensus candidate.
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In the November 19, 2006, issue of The Catholic Register, the editor speaks approvingly of Margaret Somerville's recent book in which she says that a shared ethics achieved by a consensus among the various groups in society will help solve its problems.
Similar to the first session, after reaching consensus on the names of the courses, industry and higher education representatives were given "Post-it" notes to record ideas generated during the brainstorming process.
The International Exercise-Associated Hyponatremia Consensus Development Conference (CDC) followed the guidelines set forth by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) (16).
The consensus that management can create, following the results of a survey, is absolutely necessary in making employees feel as though they are stakeholders in the company.
Second, he suggests how it can be known which doctrines have been taught in this way: namely, by the universal and constant consensus among Catholic theologians that certain doctrines are matters of faith, even though they have not been solemnly define.
02-16, the EITF reached a consensus that cash consideration received by a reseller from a vendor for cooperative advertising is presumed to be a reduction of the prices of the vendor's products or services and, thus, should be classified as a reduction of cost of sales when recognized in the reseller's income statement.
The real world changes and evolves, therefore true consensus must progress accordingly.
The liberal consensus that originated with the New Deal and dominated American politics for the next 30 years (including Dwight Eisenhower's two terms) was broken--shattered, in fact--by the Republican party's nomination of Goldwater for president in 1964.
While Massaro is not naive about the work that needs to be done to achieve consensus around these five areas, his hope seems to be rooted more in the momentum of Catholic social teaching than in the reality of many Catholics' political and economic attitudes.
In the end, there will either be a national consensus embodied in a strong mandate for the newly elected President to move forward with the plan for reform or there will be a public recognition that there is no sufficient consensus for fundamental change.