- sound practical judgment that is independent of specialized knowledge, training, or the like; normal native intelligence.
Origin of common sense
Related Words for common sensepracticality, wit, intelligence, sense, prudence, wisdom, acumen, rationality, logic, cool, experience, gumption, reason, soundness, reasonableness, wits
Examples from the Web for common sense
Contemporary Examples of common sense
In California, Christie shot back: “That is not a heartless position, that is a common-sense position.”How Chris Christie is Winning Over Hispanics
November 3, 2013
And at the invitation of several governors, they have traveled to states to advocate for common-sense legislation.Newtown Six-Month Anniversary: The Victims Deserve More
June 14, 2013
They do so, inevitably, by finding our blind spots, and by exploiting our common-sense assumptions.The Big Idea: Why Forgeries Are Great Art
April 25, 2013
Having failed to avoid that meat ax, the two sides are unlikely to forge a common-sense agreement now.Washington Is Waiting for Godot as President Obama’s Second-Term Agenda Stalls
April 9, 2013
Other common-sense provisions, like limiting the size of clips?The Gun-Control Fight Harry Reid Can’t Win
January 22, 2013
Historical Examples of common sense
And can we expect the Father of us all to act in other than common-sense ways?
He must be kind with a common-sense kindness, loving with a common-sense love.
This was followed by a common-sense view of the whole situation.
Now, what in the name of common-sense did you buy that lamp for which you have just hung?
The question is the usual plain, straightforward, common-sense question.Little Dorrit
- plain ordinary good judgment; sound practical sense
- inspired by or displaying sound practical sense
Word Origin and History for 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.
(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.