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1. General agreement about some issue within a group or in public opinion: compare dissensus.

2. Shared ideas, norms, and values in a society (for functionalists, particularly Parsons, the basis of social order and social integration). These values are perpetuated through socialization.

3. (Marxist theory) An ideological concept used to perpetuate the status quo by masking the extent of social conflict.

Subjects: Social Sciences.

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