common ground

noun
a foundation of common interest or comprehension, as in a social relationship or a discussion.

Origin:
1925–30

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To common ground
Collins
World English Dictionary
common ground
 
n
an agreed basis, accepted by both or all parties, for identifying issues in an argument

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Idioms & Phrases

common ground

Shared beliefs or interests, a foundation for mutual understanding. For example, The European Union is struggling to find common ground for establishing a single currency. [1920s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
Cite This Source
Example sentences
These are issues on which both parties could and should find common ground.
At the root level, our many different cultures share quite a bit of common
  ground.
It was your suggestion that common ground be found for a discussion.
Sharing too much common ground makes it harder to be objective, too.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature
FAVORITES
RECENT

;