common ground


Definition of common ground 

: a basis of mutual interest or agreement

Examples of common ground in a Sentence

Hunters and environmentalists found common ground in their opposition to the new law.

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The most freeing and cruel truth is there is no common ground, not for any of us. Jen Gann, The Cut, "How to Be a Parent in America," 28 June 2018 Today, Carmel Market is more or less common ground for Israel’s young immigrant cuisine, a blend of North African, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and more roots represented across market stands. Keith Flanagan, USA TODAY, "A taste of Tel Aviv's largest open-air market," 19 June 2018 Just as clearly, there was no common ground between those who were appalled at what the Sixers did and those who were appalled that I’m allowed to write a column in Philadelphia. Christine M. Flowers,, "My Meek Mill views haven't changed (sorry, Malcolm Jenkins); but I'm glad I listened to the other side | Christine Flowers," 3 May 2018 Just as men and women listed some of the same reconciliatory acts in the first study, there was also common ground here. Cindi May, Scientific American, "How To Reconcile With A Romantic Partner," 17 Apr. 2018 But there was little common ground between the pro-gun and pro-science crowds. Rebecca Lurye,, "Science, Guns Are The Focus Of Rallies At State Capitol," 14 Apr. 2018 There is always common ground between human beings. NBC News, "This former CIA agent says "we can always find common ground"," 19 Feb. 2018 Acknowledge and discuss further where there is common ground. Charli Cooksey, Teen Vogue, "How to Have Uncomfortable Conversations," 10 July 2018 On paper, at least, Murphy and Sweeney might find common ground on the issue. Andrew Seidman,, "Analysis: Shutdown averted in N.J., but no lasting peace among Dems," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of common ground

1809, in the meaning defined above

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: something that people agree about even if they disagree about other things

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