Today’s word is: consensus – The meaning of this word is – a general agreement, generally among a group of people or among two individuals. It means it has to be a mutual agreement.
In this English vocabulary lesson, you will learn how to use the word ‘consensus’. We are sure that this ESL lesson will help you to enhance your English vocabulary and speak English fluently and confidently.
Let’s assume that you want to go for a picnic. You share this idea with your family. Your father had some work but he agrees. Your mother starts preparing snacks for the same. Your siblings are excited about the picnic. You ask your cousins and they are also ready. Everything is set.
It means that all the members of the family agree to go for the picnic. Now you can also say that all the members of the family have reached a consensus about the picnic.
Listen carefully on how we can use the word consensus in 8 different forms in 8 different situations.
Example number 1 of 8: Earlier people believed that the earth was flat. That was a general agreement between all. However, after in-depth research and evidence (proof) of satellite pictures, there is now a general agreement that the earth is round. You can say that now, there is a consensus that the earth is round.
Example number 2 of 8: Everyone had a different opinion about the education bill in the parliament yesterday, so the bill could not be passed. Can you tell me what is missing here? Correct. A general agreement is missing here. This means a consensus is missing here. We can also say that there was a lack of consensus about the education bill in the parliament yesterday.
Example number 3 of 8: All the members will decide the leader of the team. Can you use the word consensus here? You can say the leader of the team will be decided by consensus.
Example number 4 of 8: With the help of voting, we can come to a general agreement on this topic. How to use today’s word here? Yes, we can reach a general consensus by voting.
Example number 5 of 8: Most of the school teachers think that students should not carry smartphones in schools. What does this mean? This means there is a consensus among teachers that mobile phones should not be allowed in schools.
Example number 6 of 8: Both business partners have reached a consensus on winding up (closing) the business. This means that both the businessmen have mutually come to an agreement to wind up the business.
Example number 7 of 8: The students came to a consensus on who would be the representative of the class. This means that all the students together came to an agreement on who should represent the class.
Example number 8 of 8: In a meeting, if a team does not reach a consensus, the management may meet up again so that they all reach a general agreement on the same.
So today we learned the word “consensus” which means – a general agreement, generally among a group of people or among two individuals. It means it has to be a mutual agreement.
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