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
Huntington sounded like such a refreshingly commonsensical old cove.
Her mother—so self-possessed, and commonsensical—to look and speak like this!The Forsyte Saga, Volume III. | John Galsworthy
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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