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common sense

noun

: the ability to think and behave in a reasonable way and to make good decisions

Full Definition of COMMON SENSE

:  sound and prudent judgment based on a simple perception of the situation or facts
com·mon·sense \ˈkä-mən-ˈsen(t)s\ adjective
com·mon·sen·si·ble \-ˈsen(t)-sə-bəl\ adjective
com·mon·sen·si·cal \-ˈsen(t)-si-kəl\ adjective
com·mon·sen·si·cal·ly \-si-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of COMMON SENSE

  1. You really should go to see a doctor if your leg hurts that much. It's just common sense!
  2. Obey the laws and use common sense when operating your boat.
  3. She's very smart but she doesn't have a lot of common sense.

First Known Use of COMMON SENSE

1726

Synonym Discussion of COMMON SENSE

sense, common sense, judgment, wisdom mean ability to reach intelligent conclusions. sense implies a reliable ability to judge and decide with soundness, prudence, and intelligence <a choice showing good sense>. common sense suggests an average degree of such ability without sophistication or special knowledge <common sense tells me it's wrong>. judgment implies sense tempered and refined by experience, training, and maturity <they relied on her judgment for guidance>. wisdom implies sense and judgment far above average <a leader of rare wisdom>.
COMMON SENSE Defined for Kids

common sense

noun

Definition of COMMON SENSE for Kids

:  ordinary good sense and judgment
com·mon·sense \ˈkä-mən-ˈsens\ adjective <a commonsense approach>

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