- sound practical judgment that is independent of specialized knowledge, training, or the like; normal native intelligence.
Origin of common sense
Examples from the Web for commonsense
Lankov and Delury make a commonsense point, but Jang, a defector to Seoul, maintains that Kim was removed from power last year.Has North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Been Toppled?
Gordon G. Chang
October 6, 2014
Markup, Committee on Small Business, H.R.2751 — “Commonsense Construction Contracting Act of 2013”Up to a Point: The U.S. Government’s Minimum Wage Is $430 Million Per Hour
P. J. O’Rourke
March 21, 2014
Her PAC calls it “Commonsense Conservatives,” or “Patriots.”The Unsinkable Sarah Palin
November 20, 2009
It was three in the afternoon when Philip left the realms of commonsense.Where Angels Fear to Tread
E. M. Forster
But I want to warn you again, Jonathan, that you must use your own commonsense.The Common Sense of Socialism
“And we will ask them why they never use their commonsense,” chirped Veronica.They and I
Jerome K. Jerome
On the other hand, it can be made a short and commonsense cut to the truth in many cases.Simon
J. Storer Clouston
The problem is not one of religion, but of commonsense in economics.Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13
- plain ordinary good judgment; sound practical sense
- inspired by or displaying sound practical sense
Word Origin and History for commonsense
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.
(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.