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common sense

sound practical judgment that is independent of specialized knowledge, training, or the like; normal native intelligence.
Origin of common sense
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for commonsense
  • Anybody with any commonsense would be wasting her time there.
  • The lack of people with an interest in commonsense reasoning for computers.
  • On the other hand, perhaps commonsense is a tad misleading.
  • But the victory for energy, environment, food supply and fiscal commonsense remains incomplete.
  • commonsense suggests that the above sentence poorly written.
  • It is commonsense that if the eyes see the eatable stuff the fingers grab it to stuff into mouth.
  • Even without this study, it seems commonsense that pain and itch are quite independent of each other.
  • One has not a lick of sense and one has not any commonsense.
  • But global warming is of such scale and magnitude, people don't have any commonsense way to grasp what the solutions would be.
British Dictionary definitions for commonsense

common sense

plain ordinary good judgment; sound practical sense
inspired by or displaying sound practical sense
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Word Origin and History for commonsense

common sense


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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