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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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