the polar bear climate change photo

Started Mar 24, 2007 | Discussions thread
dipics Veteran Member • Posts: 4,317
Re: You would think that there are those who welcome global warming

Art Caputi wrote:

I guess this is the definition I was thinking of:

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1. An opinion or position reached by a group as a whole: "Among
political women . . . there is a clear consensus about the problems
women candidates have traditionally faced" Wendy Kaminer. See Usage
Note at redundancy.
2. General agreement or accord: government by consensus.

I know Edwin Newman in his book "A Civil Tongue" thought that any
other usage was incorrect. But that was 30 years ago and I guess I
haven't caught up with current usage.

Even by the definitions you cited above, it doesn't require unanimity. The use of the qualifier "clear" makes this plain. If a consensus required unanimous agreement, the qualifier would be useless. It would be like "very" in front of "unique".


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