- 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 commonsensical
Her mother—so self-possessed, and commonsensical—to look and speak like this!The Forsyte Saga, Volume III.
- plain ordinary good judgment; sound practical sense
- inspired by or displaying sound practical sense
Word Origin and History for commonsensical
1860, from common sense, with ending as in nonsensical, etc.
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.