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common sense

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

balanced, judicious, levelheaded, practical, prudent, rational, reasonable, sage, sapient, sound, wise, commonsense

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Historical Examples of commonsensical

  • Her mother—so self-possessed, and commonsensical—to look and speak like this!

    The Forsyte Saga, Volume III.

    John Galsworthy

British Dictionary definitions for commonsensical

common sense

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


1860, from common sense, with ending as in nonsensical, etc.

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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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

commonsensical 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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