Consensus vs Consistent - What's the difference?

consensus | consistent |

As nouns the difference between consensus and consistent

is that consensus is a process of that seeks widespread agreement among group members while consistent is (in the plural|rare) objects or facts that are coexistent, or in agreement with one another.

As an adjective consistent is

of a regularly occurring, dependable nature.



  • A process of that seeks widespread agreement among group members.
  • agreement among the members of a given group or community, each of which exercises some discretion in decision-making and follow-up action.
  • Average projected value, as in the finance term consensus forecast.
  • consistent




    (en adjective)
  • Of a regularly occurring, dependable nature.
  • The consistent use of Chinglish in China can be very annoying, apart from some initial amusement.
    He is very consistent in his political choices: economy good or bad, he always votes Labour!
  • Compatible, accordant.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2012-01
  • , author=Steven Sloman , title=The Battle Between Intuition and Deliberation , volume=100, issue=1, page=74 , magazine= citation , passage=Libertarian paternalism is the view that, because the way options are presented to citizens affects what they choose, society should present options in a way that “nudges” our intuitive selves to make choices that are more consistent with what our more deliberative selves would have chosen if they were in control.}}
  • (logic) Of a set of statements, such that no contradiction logically follows from them.
  • Antonyms

    * inconsistent * contradictory


    (en noun)
  • (in the plural, rare) Objects or facts that are coexistent, or in agreement with one another.
  • * 1662 Thomas Salusbury, Galileo's Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems (Dialogue 2):
  • The Diurnal motion of the primum mobile, is it not from East to West? And the annual motion of the Sun through the Ecliptick, is it not on the contrary from West to East? How then can you make these motions being conferred on the Earth ... to become consistents ?
  • In the history of the Eastern Orthodox Church, a kind of penitent who was allowed to assist at prayers, but could not be admitted to receive the holy sacrament.
  • * 1885 Catholic Dictionary 651
  • The consistentes stand together with the faithful, and do not go out with the catechumens.


    * * Catholic Dictionary (1885) * Ephraim Chambers, Cyclopaedia - Supplement (1753) ----