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.
Recent Examples on the Web After news of the arrest, Jeep put on pause an ad that ran during the Super Bowl featuring Springsteen in Kansas urging people to find common ground. David Porter, ajc, "Springsteen wouldn't take breath test, court papers say," 11 Feb. 2021 The ad, airing about a month after the storming of the U.S. Capitol by a mob angry over bogus election claims, promoted the idea that Americans need to find common ground. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Jeep pulls Bruce Springsteen Super Bowl ad over drunken driving charge," 10 Feb. 2021 Their concerns span a range of invectives — including opposition to immigration and hate toward progressives — that reveal their common ground and differences. Los Angeles Times, "Right-wing extremists stage ‘meme war’ to compete for Trump supporters," 27 Jan. 2021 Bacon lovers and the pandemic finally have found common ground: Hormel. Jeff Strickler, Star Tribune, "A meat-lover's mask: Hormel is giving away bacon-scented face coverings," 20 Oct. 2020 In starting from common ground—a blank stage, a drumbeat, a bolt of Italian wool—the show finds a kind of shared language to build upon, which perhaps is part of Byrne’s vision of utopia. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "David Byrne’s Gray Suits, from “Stop Making Sense” to “American Utopia”," 20 Oct. 2020 Lawmakers may find common ground on allowing clerks more processing time. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, "Benson offers sweeping changes to Michigan election laws, including state holiday, gun ban," 1 Feb. 2021 Denton County Commissioner Dianne Edmondson said pandemic relief is where Biden and Republicans could find common ground. Dallas News, "Unifier or foil: Joe Biden ushers in new era for Texas Democrats, Republicans," 20 Jan. 2021 Biden allies and even some Republicans have identified immigration as a major issue where the new administration could find common ground with the GOP to avoid the stalemate that has vexed administrations of both parties for decades. Alan Fram, Star Tribune, "Biden immigration plan opposed by GOP, conservative groups," 19 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of common ground

1809, in the meaning defined above

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“Common ground.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of common ground

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

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