sound practical judgment that is independent of specialized knowledge, training, or the like; normal native intelligence.
- com·mon-sense, com·mon·sense, adjective
- com·mon·sen·si·cal, com·mon·sen·si·ble, adjective
- com·mon·sen·si·cal·ly, com·mon·sen·si·bly, adverb
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How to use common sense in a sentence
Don’t burn the house down, but have fun with itWith a little common sense and some practice, you’ll wonder why you haven’t cooked with the broiler forever.
I think it just kind of makes common sense that the number one constituency that every CEO probably cares the most about is their employees.Business’s social goals are not a passing political play | Alan Murray | February 8, 2021 | Fortune
Every choice he made came from a place of courage and common sense and journalistic integrity.Martin Baron, executive editor who oversaw dramatic Washington Post expansion, announces retirement | Paul Farhi | January 27, 2021 | Washington Post
Use common sense in rationing your shot signals, but don’t be stingy with the whistle.
Algorithmic thinking can reduce chaos and slow-downs, identify gaps between what we are doing and need to doAs a new administration takes office, there is hope that the vaccination rollout will be infused with both common sense and urgency.
Letting humans use their common sense is not an invitation to anarchy.
common sense is not a just a normative judgment about wisdom, but a structural feature of any functioning organization.
We have to use common sense inclusiveness, because we are quickly getting to a place where our brain is falling out.
But in 2014, numerous states passed common-sense public safety laws, showing that the momentum for gun safety is building.
His ideology is just so strong and so powerful that it clouds his vision for common sense and objectiveness.
So one's common sense fails to establish a definite reasonable time.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
There are many cases like this in which one's common sense fails to furnish a correct, yet needful guide.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
But surely this point of view is the very converse of the teachings of common sense.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
His cheerfulness was unbounded, and it was matched by his goodness of heart, his broad charity, and common sense.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
Then his mother-wit came out, his lively humour and practical common sense—all unstudied and natural.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
British Dictionary definitions for common sense
plain ordinary good judgment; sound practical sense
inspired by or displaying sound practical sense
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Cultural definitions for Common Sense
(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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