Origin of common sense
Examples from the Web for common sense
In California, Christie shot back: “That is not a heartless position, that is a common-sense position.”
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|Rob Cox|June 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
They do so, inevitably, by finding our blind spots, and by exploiting our common-sense assumptions.
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|Howard Kurtz|April 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Other common-sense provisions, like limiting the size of clips?
Many of the middle-aged disciples of the Church of Common-sense are still in our midst.Oxford|Andrew Lang
This is not a paradox, but a common-sense question, as the following suggestive little incident will show.A Librarian's Open Shelf|Arthur E. Bostwick
I only merely strives fur to use the few grains of common-sense w'ich the Good Lawd give me, tha's all 'tis.J. Poindexter, Colored|Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
This is only true at most of the disjointed experience employed by common-sense.A New Philosophy: Henri Bergson|Edouard le Roy
While the others were reaching conclusions through their feelings alone, he was taking the common-sense view of the case.Down The River|Oliver Optic
British Dictionary definitions for common sense
adjective common-sense, common-sensical
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.
Culture 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.