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Noun. Mid-20th century.
[from DIS- + CONSENSUS, or Latin dissensus disagreement.]
Widespread dissent; the reverse of consensus.
A simple, interesting and rather useful word, dissensus offers the opposite of consensus, with Merriam-Webster offering a rather lovely example of its use:
"A democracy relies on dissensus as much as consensus."
Being rather obliging sorts, I do feel we haven't used dissensus enough, and it would make a most agreeable additional to all of our vocabularies.
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