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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Buying presents is about demonstrating your bond with someone, and humor that disparages a third party is one way of signaling common ground with another person. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "We buy each other gifts with misanthropic slogans to forge a common bond," 9 Nov. 2018 Mike attempts to reason with Ryan, but can't seem to find common ground. Emma Dibdin, Country Living, "5 Moments From the 'Last Man Standing' Premiere That We Can't Stop Talking About," 29 Sep. 2018 Yet Carter has found common ground with Trump on other foreign policy fronts, and did so again Tuesday. Bill Barrow, The Seattle Times, "Jimmy Carter cautions Democrats not to scare off moderates," 11 Sep. 2018 The fact that these leaders keep meeting is a testament to their hope to find common ground – among equals. The Christian Science Monitor, "Trump’s demand for reciprocity with allies," 12 July 2018 What’s so noteworthy about the Scalia-Ginsburg relationship is that at the end of the day, their common ground as human beings dedicated to the rule of law prevailed over their judicial differences. Stanley M. Bergman, Fortune, "To Be a Better Nation, Bring Back Civility," 10 July 2018 So where’s the common ground among all these scientists, academics, and advocates who care about climate change? Nathanael Johnson, WIRED, "Where Can Climate Activists Find Common Ground?," 9 July 2018 In part through the common ground of Christianity, Mr. Glasgow has been able to forge some relationships with white businessmen who help pay for his work. New York Times, "From Fighting Injustice to Facing Death Row: The Bizarre Case of Pastor Glasgow," 7 July 2018 Perhaps most importantly, these two issues mark areas where Democrats and the more moderate Murkowski and Collins have common ground, serving as effective pressure points for securing their votes, the source said. Li Zhou, Vox, "Schumer faces the most important Supreme Court fight for Democrats in a generation," 6 July 2018

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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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