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  • Over the course of three days, an excited consensus had quickly formed across the various committees that the time had come for bold new steps.   (source)
  • Over the years, many potential explanations have been examined and debated, and the consensus appears to be that that region was plagued by a particularly virulent strain of what sociologists call a "culture of honor."   (source)
    consensus = generally agreed upon understanding
  • The unspoken consensus was that a meaningful victory like the one at Blaxik would never be theirs again.   (source)
    consensus = agreed understanding
  • Many people thought it was the weather, and others blamed the moon, but the general consensus of opinion held that the trouble began at the time that Rhyme and Reason were banished.   (source)
    consensus = generally agreed upon understanding
  • In all these cases the children were too young to give any properly intelligible account of themselves, but the consensus of their excuses is that they had been with a "bloofer lady."   (source)
  • The consensus was that this senator was known for her occasionally outside-the-mainstream positions—she had been against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—and thus she would not get much traction with this antitrust crusade.†   (source)
  • Owen Meany used to say that we residents of Gravesend were sitting over a bona fide outcrop of intrusive igneous rock; he would say this with an implied reverence—as if the consensus of the Gravesend community was that the Exeter Pluton was as valuable as a mother lode of gold.†   (source)
  • No consensus.†   (source)
  • Sort of like an Allen charge, Alex realized-the instruction a judge would give to a jury that wasn't getting anywhere in its deliberations, which basically reminded them of their duty as American citizens, and assured them that they could and would come to a consensus.†   (source)
  • Each time he did, it verified for my father that there was a consensus—a group behind him—that he wasn't alone in all this.†   (source)
  • Since my colleagues and I can come to no consensus, it has been agreed that we will let the victors decide.†   (source)
  • Beyond these basics, though, there wasn't much consensus.†   (source)
  • I saw no unity of purpose, no consensus on matters of philosophy or history or law.†   (source)
  • Johnny nodded, "Unlike a human personality which can...I believe the consensus is...be destroyed at death, my own consciousness cannot be terminated.†   (source)
  • Dog Beach operated on its own set of unwritten rules that had evolved over time, put in place by consensus of the dog owners who frequented it, and enforced by peer pressure and a sort of silent moral code.†   (source)
  • A wino sitting there nursing a double shot of vodka shakes and shivers, staring into his glass at the galactic swirl of a trillion red cells dying in the ethanoL Hire swaps a few long glances with the New South Africans, like everyone in the bar is trying to come to a consensus as to what will happen next.†   (source)
  • He would become, by general consensus, the finest quarterback ever to play the game.†   (source)
  • With the consensus of the entire Council, I can make you immortal.†   (source)
  • So the consensus was that I was just supposed to forget that a deranged vampire was stalking me, intent on my death.†   (source)
  • It is possible, too, that Holmes simply offered the attorney cash for the information, or deployed his false warmth and teary regret to seduce the attorney into revealing the group's mounting consensus.†   (source)
  • His succession to this chair had resulted more from ties within the Party structure than from personal ability, and his position would depend on consensus rule for years, until such time as his will could dictate policy.†   (source)
  • There seemed to be a consensus: hanging was too good for Annie Wilkes.†   (source)
  • At night, in the living room, the women gather to talk about the stockings they wear, whether the best ones have a seam up the back or are smooth, which brands last longest, which are scratchy; the most desirable shade of lipstick (by consensus, Ritz Bonfire Red); and their favorite brands of face powder.†   (source)
  • There was no consensus on his civil status, his age, his family, or the region of France he came from.†   (source)
  • I feel I'm not only saving money but contributing to some kind of spiritual consensus.†   (source)
  • In the 1999 Colorado Springs mayoral race, Mary Lou Makepeace — a single mother with a fine surname for consensus-building — was elected to a second term, soundly defeating a right-wing candidate backed by Focus on the Family.†   (source)
  • The meetings would continue until some kind of consensus was reached.†   (source)
  • One rationale for seeking more female politicians is that women supposedly excel in empathy and forging consensus and thus may make, on average, more peaceful and conciliatory leaders than men.†   (source)
  • It was the general consensus around Lonesome Dove that if she and Augustus had married their combined voices would have deafened whatever children they might have produced.†   (source)
  • When the music stopped and I opened my eyes, all those elderly couples were grouped around us, applauding and smiling and nodding at each other, a silent consensus that what I'd felt wasn't just imagined.†   (source)
  • But at the meeting today, the consensus on the World Bank team had seemed to be that Justice—the prisoners—would get only 20 percent of the loan.†   (source)
  • By national consensus, it was a beautiful image.†   (source)
  • "Consensus," said John.†   (source)
  • By consensus they decided to hold off announcing what had happened to Nasuada until the following day; it was more important for the warriors to get what sleep they could before dawn brightened the horizon.†   (source)
  • Nonetheless, they joined the consensus among the President's advisers that, given the mood of the country and the Congress, a declaration of war at this point would be "inexpedient.†   (source)
  • The consensus is that the assassin is between thirty-five and forty years of age.†   (source)
  • "The consensus was that Seabiscuit should not have been started in the mud," wrote Oscar Otis, echoing the words of many columnists.†   (source)
  • But getting back to your query, the consensus here is to let this thing play out a bit.†   (source)
  • "The consensus of the best metallurgical authorities," he said, "seems to be highly skeptical about Rearden Metal, contending—"†   (source)
  • Regis never offered an opinion unless pressed and had been careful always to cast his vote on an issue in the way of the general consensus.†   (source)
  • No, Van Buren was more even, an administrator dedicated to consensus-building and compromise.†   (source)
  • But it is true that when I signed on, there was no consensus that we would carry the experiments this far, that we would apply what we learned with such...zeal.†   (source)
  • They had no means of consensus.†   (source)
  • The general consensus is that Sebastian—of course, they call him Jonathan when they talk about him—kidnapped Jace, but that's not anything we didn't know.†   (source)
  • Then a consensus.†   (source)
  • That is the general consensus among...people who pay attention to such things.†   (source)
  • In this same thinning but still oddly coterielike group, the consensus is that, of all the Glass children, the eldest boy, Seymour, back in the late twenties and early thirties, had been the "best" to hear, the most consistently "rewarding."†   (source)
  • I know there are those who would say I've too keenly sought approval and consensus, and if over the years I've erred on the side of being grateful, well, so be it.†   (source)
  • It both surprised and angered me that my roommates had reached a consensus of agreement against me.†   (source)
  • Many of them reached a tacit consensus, which some voiced openly: Confederate soldiers had not fought for slavery; Union soldiers had not fought for its abolition.†   (source)
  • There was once a time, during the darkest days of the Cold War, when American foreign policy was characterized by consensus and steadfastness.†   (source)
  • Where revolutions break out spontaneous and leaderless, and the soul's talent for consensus allows the masses to work together without effort, automatic as the body itself.†   (source)
  • The consensus seemed to be that if really large numbers of men were sent to storm the mountain, then enough might survive the rocks to take the citadel.   (source)
  • The media consensus was that New Orleans had descended into a "third-world" state.†   (source)
  • Michael Oher was, by general consensus, the best football player in the state of Tennessee.†   (source)
  • There is no consensus about whether Neff's hidden message is authentic.†   (source)
  • But the general consensus seems to be that we don't know enough at this time to be sure of anything.†   (source)
  • Oftentimes, my own opinion will simply represent a consensus of what I heard in the discussion.†   (source)
  • But the consensus of those who see the Horvath as poor and oppressed.†   (source)
  • His purpose was to sum up what had been said and form some consensus among the diverse opinions.†   (source)
  • The general consensus was that baseball was Randy's finest sport.†   (source)
  • The town consensus among the older people, who cared about such things — was that Aunt Evvie was never wrong about three things: the week when the 'first hay-cutting would happen in the summertime, how good (or how bad) the blueberries would be, and what the weather would be like.†   (source)
  • But the general consensus was that we weren't going to get anything worth using if we locked her in a bunker somewhere every time a gun went off.†   (source)
  • But a consensus quickly formed within the Party's upper ranks that no one man should ever be allowed to simultaneously hold both of these positions again.†   (source)
  • The health plan is very specific, contains major incentives, get too heavy or wheezy and, no one says anything about it-which would be rude-but you feel a definite pressure, a sense of not fitting in, as you walk across the sea of desks, eyes glance up to follow you, estimating the mass of your saddlebags, eyes darting back and forth between desks as, by consensus, your co. workers say to themselves, I wonder how much he or she Is driving up our health plan premiums?†   (source)
  • The next day McKim wrote to a friend in Paris of the deepening consensus among himself, Burnham, and most of Chicago that the fair was too wonderful a thing to be allowed simply to fall into disrepair after its official closure on October 30, just six days thence: "indeed it is the ambition of all concerned to have it swept away in the same magical manner in which it appeared, and with the utmost despatch.†   (source)
  • It was as though a consensus had been reached among them without a word being said; three pairs of eyes fell on Casset.†   (source)
  • Murder by consensus.†   (source)
  • Stave off doubts, eliminate the questions, be as outraged as the people themselves and march to the drums of consensus.†   (source)
  • By the time the symposium was over, the consensus among many of the attendees appeared to be that the kouros was not at all what it was supposed to be.†   (source)
  • ...We now show you an old composite photograph from Interpol's files produced by a consensus of those who purportedly had seen Bourne at close range.†   (source)
  • The consensus was that I'd been tired.†   (source)
  • And a consensus of Parliament and the delegates of the other kingdoms could put someone on the Silver Throne—someone like the Winter King, which is exactly what the Steward was trying to do.†   (source)
  • The Harvard "Consensus Statement," an argument for worldwide treatment, which 140 of the faculty signed, cited the project in Cange.†   (source)
  • General consensus also had it that the court would not want to go against the will of the executive on such an explosive issue.†   (source)
  • On the evidence and by consensus, the Marine thrusting the pole into Mount Suribachi was Harlon Block.†   (source)
  • Whereas a tacit consensus united Confederate soldiers in support of "southern institutions," including slavery, a bitter and explicit disagreement about emancipation divided northern soldiers.†   (source)
  • In fact I've had several market appraisals done in recent years, with the consensus being that my house hasn't fallen in price (as everything else in the county has, especially commercial properties like my former store), but has even appreciated somewhat; it seems that older, "vintage" homes in as pristine condition as mine rarely become available, and when they do there's not even time enough to stick the sign on the front lawn before they're sold.†   (source)
  • Partly thanks to the example of their work in Peru, the World Bank shared a consensus: the loan should be used to treat all strains of tb in Russia; that is, should be used for both dots and dots-plus campaigns.†   (source)
  • It was a silent consensus among them not to mention the incident with the sea monster; and the others left it to John to decide whether or not to mention his encounter with the professor, which he chose not to do.†   (source)
  • In a way, it was a kind of ignoring that I did, an avoidance of her as Sunny—difficult, rash, angry Sunny—which I masked with a typical performance of consensus building and subtle pressure, which always is the difficult work of attempting to harmonize one's life and the lives of those whom one cherishes.†   (source)
  • Is that a consensus?†   (source)
  • This time, Moses was silent, and the general consensus of the meeting was that I should make the proposal to the National Executive Committee in Durban.†   (source)
  • The new cabinet would be composed of those winning more than 5 percent of the vote and would make decisions by consensus, rather than the two-thirds majority proposed by the government; national elections would not take place until 1999, so that the government of national unity would serve for five years; and finally,the government gave way on our insistence on a single ballot paper for the election, rather than separate ballots for national and provincial legislatures.†   (source)
  • She was danced tor half an hour before, by mysterious consensus, everybody took a break, without having felt any touch but the touch of her partner.†   (source)
  • He gazed at her, perhaps having had his vision of consensus as others do orgasms, face now smooth, amiable, at peace.†   (source)
  • There was as yet no consensus.†   (source)
  • In like manner does the republican government exist in America, without contention or opposition; without proofs and arguments, by a tacit agreement, a sort of consensus universalis.†   (source)
  • There is a stamp of unity, of individual genius upon it, which inclines me to the former hypothesis, though I am not blind to the consideration that this unity may rather have arisen from that consensus of many minds which was a condition of primitive thought, foreign to our modern consciousness.†   (source)
  • There are no two sides to the question of gambling, no circumstances which force us to tolerate it lest its suppression lead to worse things, no consensus of opinion among responsible classes, such as magistrates and military commanders, that it is a necessity, no Athenian records of gambling made splendid by the talents of its professors, no contention that instead of violating morals it only violates a legal institution which is in many respects oppressive and unnatural, no possible plea that the instinct on which it is founded is a vital one.†   (source)
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