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conventional wisdom

something that is generally believed; prudence.
Origin of conventional wisdom
probably earlier than 1965-70 Unabridged
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the ideas, opinions, or understanding that are considered to be generally accepted by the public


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conventional wisdom

A widely held belief on which most people act. For example, According to conventional wisdom, an incumbent nearly always wins more votes than a new candidate. This term was invented by John Kenneth Galbraith, who used it in The Affluent Society (1958) to describe economic ideas that are familiar, predictable, and therefore accepted by the general public. Today it is used in any context where public opinion has considerable influence on the course of events.
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