ADJ. broad, clear, common, general, overwhelming, strong | emerging, growing | tacit, unspoken | international, national | political, social
QUANT. degree, level
VERB + CONSENSUS achieve, arrive at, reach | break He was the first to break the consensus and criticize the proposal.
CONSENSUS + VERB exist No clear consensus exists over the next stage of the scheme. | emerge A general consensus on the problem is beginning to emerge.
CONSENSUS + NOUN view
PREP. by ~ They have always governed by consensus. | ~ about/on/over It is difficult to reach a consensus about electoral reform. | ~ among/between no consensus among the members
PHRASES a consensus of opinion The general consensus of opinion is that a high-fat diet is bad for you. | a lack of consensus