something that is generally believed; prudence.
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How to use conventional wisdom in a sentence
We accepted the conventional wisdom that this is what restaurant work was like, and we didn’t believe we had agency to change it.The Toxicity of Restaurant Kitchens Is Exactly Why I Never Reported Abuses | Lindsey Danis | February 4, 2021 | Eater
The conventional wisdom, based on one view of the fundamentals, was that the company was going the way of Blockbuster.The GameStop stock situation isn’t about populism. It’s about whether the market is ‘real.’ | Mikhail Klimentov | February 1, 2021 | Washington Post
In the realms of policy and business, 2020 overturned conventional wisdom about what levels of government intervention and stimulus were acceptable to forestall certain disaster.2020 ties with 2016 for warmest year ever recorded, EU climate service says | Katherine Dunn | January 8, 2021 | Fortune
According to conventional wisdom, the hydrogen atom is bound to one fluorine by a covalent bond and to the other fluorine by a hydrogen bond.This weird chemical bond acts like a mash-up of hydrogen and covalent bonds | Emily Conover | January 7, 2021 | Science News
At the time, the conventional wisdom was that delivery companies needed to dominate big, dense cities, where lots of customers live within short distances, to be successful.After a blockbuster IPO, DoorDash’s challenge now is to deliver profits | Danielle Abril | December 14, 2020 | Fortune
Despite conventional wisdom, there are no rewards just for participating.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art | Alec Kubas-Meyer | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
conventional wisdom holds that most excessive drinkers are alcohol dependent.Americans Drink Too Much, But We’re Not All Alcoholics | Gabrielle Glaser | November 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Contrary to the conventional wisdom, there is nothing intrinsically “progressive” about hating suburbs.
At its worst, The Stranger merely recycles the biases, conventional wisdom, and cynical bitterness of inside-the-beltway habitués.
OFA turned conventional wisdom on its head and made it dance.
She made little remarks full of conventional wisdom, and appealed to his judgment on several points as they drove along.April Hopes | William Dean Howells
Other Idioms and Phrases with conventional wisdom
A widely held belief on which most people act. For example, According to conventional wisdom, an incumbent nearly always wins more votes than a new candidate. This term was invented by John Kenneth Galbraith, who used it in The Affluent Society (1958) to describe economic ideas that are familiar, predictable, and therefore accepted by the general public. Today it is used in any context where public opinion has considerable influence on the course of events.
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