common sense

Origin of common sense

1525–35; translation of Latin sēnsus commūnis, itself translation of Greek koinḕ aísthēsis
Related formscom·mon-sense, com·mon·sense, adjectivecom·mon·sen·si·cal, com·mon·sen·si·ble, adjectivecom·mon·sen·si·cal·ly, com·mon·sen·si·bly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for common-sensible

Historical Examples of common-sensible

  • The common-sensible man placed the snow-child on the hearthrug, right in front of the hissing and fuming stove.

  • The common-sensible man placed the snow-child on the hearth-rug, right in front of the hissing and fuming stove.

    The Snow-Image

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • Why can't you two be what Daisy calls 'common-sensible,' and tell what is at the bottom of all this?

    Uncle Rutherford's Nieces

    Joanna H. Mathews

  • This common-sensible man placed the snow-child on the hearth-rug, right in front of the hissing and fuming stove.


British Dictionary definitions for common-sensible

common sense

noun
  1. plain ordinary good judgment; sound practical sense
adjective common-sense, common-sensical
  1. inspired by or displaying sound practical sense
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Word Origin and History for common-sensible

common sense

n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

common-sensible in Culture

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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