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common sense

noun
1.
sound practical judgment that is independent of specialized knowledge, training, or the like; normal native intelligence.
Origin of common sense
1525-1535
1525-35; translation of Latin sēnsus commūnis, itself translation of Greek koinḕ aísthēsis
Related forms
common-sense, commonsense, adjective
commonsensical, commonsensible, adjective
commonsensically, commonsensibly, adverb
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  • And so their vanity for him became a kind of mellow madness that separated them from a commonsense world.

    In the Heart of a Fool William Allen White
  • They balanced so perfectly that I had recourse to commonsense, which told me to abstain.

    Tatterdemalion John Galsworthy
  • As for his commonsense, was not her burning of the circular addressed to Mrs. Maldon a sufficient commentary on it?

    The Price of Love Arnold Bennett
  • Yet commonsense can never be sufficient to find the right motor will impulses.

  • Suffolk's commonsense spoke truth when he said they could not compel Francis to "gyf soo moche wyet howth (without) he lyst."

    Mary Tudor, Queen of France Mary Croom Brown
  • What, in the name of commonsense, is your estimate of Mrs. Abbott's character?'

    The Whirlpool George Gissing
  • Have faith in God, and to faith will come her proper consequent of commonsense.

British Dictionary definitions for commonsense

common sense

noun
1.
plain ordinary good judgment; sound practical sense
adjective
2.
inspired by or displaying sound practical sense
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Word Origin and History for commonsense

common sense

n.

14c., originally the power of uniting mentally the impressions conveyed by the five physical senses, thus "ordinary understanding, without which one is foolish or insane" (Latin sensus communis, Greek koine aisthesis); meaning "good sense" is from 1726. Also, as an adjective, commonsense.

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commonsense in Culture

Common Sense definition


(1776) A pamphlet written by Thomas Paine that called for the United States to declare independence from Britain immediately. Written in a brisk and pungent style, Common Sense had a tremendous impact and helped to persuade many Americans that they could successfully wage a war for their independence.

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