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Is it OK to say:

We can't reach a unanimous consensus on the issue.

Does unanimous consensus make sense? I know from the dictionary that unanimous collocates with agreement but I didn't find Unanimous consensus. Which one is better?

  • Unanimous consensus
  • Unanimous agreement
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  • consensus is very often used to mean "wide but not unanimous agreement" or "agreement by a large majority with only few dissenters". The consensus among scientists is that human activity is a major factor contributing to global-warming. Oct 29 '18 at 19:29
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Unanimous agreement is better. Consensus is general agreement, whereas unanimity is complete agreement. Do not mix the two.

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consensus is unanimous. Unanimous consensus is redundant.

unanimous agreement is OK because one can say partial agreement, complete agreement, a majority of persons in agreement (majority agreement).

We can't reach a consensus on this issue. We can't reach unanimous agreement on this issue.

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  • So cold you please tell me which adjectives collocate with consensus in order to emphasize it?
    – a.toraby
    Oct 29 '18 at 15:15
  • I would change the wording: Quite simply, consensus has eluded us.
    – Lambie
    Oct 29 '18 at 15:20
  • Consensus is not synonymous with "unanimity". Oct 30 '18 at 18:47
  • @MichaelHarvey I didn't say that. I said if there is a consensus, then there is unanimity. That's true. However, a consensus can be qualified, in which case, there is no unanimity.
    – Lambie
    Oct 30 '18 at 19:20
  • I think you just contradicted yourself. Oct 30 '18 at 21:15

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