common sense

[ kom-uhn sens ]

  1. sound practical judgment that is independent of specialized knowledge, training, or the like; normal native intelligence.

Origin of common sense

1525–35; translation of Latin sēnsus commūnis, itself translation of Greek koinḕ aísthēsis

Other words from common sense

  • 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use common sense in a sentence

  • Grant's a rugged sort of commonsense chap—hates show and fuss.

    Red Pepper Burns | Grace S. Richmond
  • It is not sound science, it is not good philosophy, it is not even commonsense.

    Theism or Atheism | Chapman Cohen
  • Statistics don't impress me as they do some people, and I would far rather rely upon your commonsense than upon any figures.

  • Pin him down to the one fact which your own commonsense teaches you, that the wealth of the country is unequally distributed.

British Dictionary definitions for common sense

common sense

  1. plain ordinary good judgment; sound practical sense

adjectivecommon-sense, common-sensical
  1. inspired by or displaying sound practical sense

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Cultural definitions for Common Sense

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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