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  1. According to Merram Webster, (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/consensus), consensus is a "general agreement" or "group solidarity in sentiment and belief". [Consensus focuses on the process used to reach a final decision. The understanding of how consensus is reached ranges from all participants in the process consenting to, but not necessarily agreeing upon, the final decision to all participants agreeing upon the final decision. Because individual understandings of the process of reaching consensus often vary, groups using it should clearly define the intended outcome prior to starting the process. ]