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.
Recent Examples on the Web But as Beijing continues to encroach on waters claimed by Vietnam and as the United States looks for more partners to counter China in the Indo-Pacific, the former enemies have found common ground. Sui-Lee Wee, New York Times, 8 Sep. 2023 As the twin strikes stretch into September, pressure is building on both sides to find common ground. Meg James and Wendy Lee, Anchorage Daily News, 3 Sep. 2023 Correspondent Martha Teichner visits Traverse City in Michigan, a battleground state, where participants work to get over their fear of the other side, to find common ground – and even friendship. CBS News, 31 Aug. 2023 And that's a way that people in this country could have some more common ground. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 23 Aug. 2023 At the time of this conversation on June 30, SAG-AFTRA had yet to be forced to go on strike, but Harbour was baffled by the lack of common ground regarding the threat of artificial intelligence. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Aug. 2023 The result feels more like an even-handed look at the camaraderie, the conflict, and the common ground of dealing with abusive or absent patriarchs. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 12 Aug. 2023 This past week was Pebble Beach & Monterey Car Week, an annual event where auction, racing, and pageantry find common ground. Isiah Magsino, Town & Country, 23 Aug. 2023 The task of finding common ground, however, is only becoming harder. Paul Sonne,, 21 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1570, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of common ground was in 1570

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“Common ground.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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